16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Perth
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
5
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Mumbai

1
day
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 25th (Sun), stroll through Scarborough Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Cottesloe Beach, and then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Perth trip planner .

Mumbai, India to Perth is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Mumbai to Perth. Traveling from Mumbai in November, expect Perth to be slightly colder, temps between 33°C and 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cottesloe Beach, Scarborough Beach
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Scarborough Beach ©
Scarborough Beach

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne Museum and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, examine the collection at National Sports Museum, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

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Getting from Perth to Melbourne by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Perth in November, with highs in Melbourne at 26°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

4
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Popular historic sites such as The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at Australian National Maritime Museum and Brett Whiteley Studio. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Bondi Beach, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Sydney. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 3rd (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Whitsunday Island takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. When traveling from Sydney in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Whitsunday Island, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

3
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Mossman Gorge will get you outdoors. Spend the 5th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Port Douglas journey planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Whitsunday Island to Port Douglas in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

3
nights
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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