16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  26​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  23​h 15​min
End: New York City

2
nights
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.
You've now added Anderson's Tours - Blue Mountains Day Tour to your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Let the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Australian Centre for Photography capture your imagination. There's more to do: hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney online trip planner .

New York City, USA to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from New York City in September, with highs in Sydney at 71°F and lows at 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Art Gallery of Ballarat and National Gallery of Victoria are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spas & Wellness and Degraves Street. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: St Anne's Winery (in Bacchus Marsh), Portal 108 (in Hepburn Springs) and Ballan Farmers Market (in Ballan). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, stroll through St. Kilda Beach, browse the different shops at Melbourne Central, and stop by Melbourne Watch Company.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in September, things will get little chillier in Melbourne: highs are around 63°F and lows about 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Art Gallery of Ballarat, St Anne's Winery, Ballan Farmers Market, St. Kilda Beach, Portal 108
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Art Gallery of Ballarat ©
Art Gallery of Ballarat
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
On the 2nd (Tue), stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, then view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, and finally take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, then hike along Kuniya Walk, and then admire all the interesting features of Uluru.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park route planning website .

Getting from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Melbourne in October, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be a bit warmer, around 60°F, while days are much warmer, around 91°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru ©
Uluru
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©

4
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Mossman Gorge and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Change things up with a short trip to Agincourt Reef in Port Douglas (about 1h 20 min away). Spend the 4th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Doongal Aboriginal Art.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cairns day trip planner.

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October, you will find days in Cairns are a bit cooler (85°F), and nights are a bit warmer (69°F). On the 7th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove Beach, Mossman Gorge Centre, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre

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