16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia vacation maker

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  27​h
1
Darwin
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
2
Elsternwick
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Manly
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

4
nights
Darwin

Darwin ©
The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Get some historical perspective at Adelaide River War Cemetery and Christ Church Cathedral Darwin. Get some cultural insight at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility and St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to Territory Wildlife Park (in Berry Springs) and Litchfield National Park (Magnetic Termite Mounds, Buley Rockhole, & more). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at East Point Reserve, view the masterpieces at Outstation Gallery - Aboriginal Art from Art Centres, kick back and relax at Lameroo Beach, and examine the collection at 1934 Qantas Hangar.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Darwin trip planner .

London, UK to Darwin is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from London to Darwin, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Darwin is warmer than London - with highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Elsternwick.

Things to do in Darwin

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Litchfield National Park, Territory Wildlife Park, Adelaide River War Cemetery
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Territory Wildlife Park ©
Territory Wildlife Park
Magnetic Termite Mounds ©
Magnetic Termite Mounds
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility

1
day
Elsternwick

Elsternwick ©
On the 30th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Rippon Lea, then enjoy the sand and surf at Elwood Beach, and then kick back and relax at Brighton Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Elsternwick trip itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Darwin to Elsternwick with the Route module. When traveling from Darwin in December, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Elsternwick: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Manly.

Things to do in Elsternwick

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Brighton Beach, Elwood Beach
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Rippon Lea ©
Rippon Lea
Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
Elwood Beach ©
Elwood Beach

3
nights
Manly

Manly ©
Located 11 km (7 mi) across the harbor from Sydney, a holiday in Manly combines quiet neighborhood charm and coastal attractions, all the while placing you within easy access to the big city.
Get outdoors at Palm Beach and Tamarama Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Barrenjoey Lighthouse and Vaucluse House. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manly: Bronte Beach (in Bronte) and Warriewood Beach (in Warriewood). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Balmoral Beach, Mosman, identify plant and animal life at North Head Sanctuary, and contemplate the long history of Manly Quarantine Station.

Planning Manly trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Elsternwick to Manly. Traveling from Elsternwick in December, Manly is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Manly

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Palm Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Bronte Beach, Warriewood Beach, Vaucluse House
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach

4
nights
Cairns

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Underart Gallery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle and Michaelmas Cay. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Spas & Wellness in Palm Cove, approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and relax in the rural setting at Gallo DairyLand.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Cairns day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Manly to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Manly in January, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Spas & Wellness, The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
Shark Diving

Similar Plans

19 days in Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, teens, kids, outdoors, beaches, wildlife, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, teens, kids, outdoors, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 17 days in Australia BY A USER FROM KENYA July, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 18 days in Darwin BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 18 days in Darwin BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 17 days in Darwin BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 20 days in Darwin & Broome BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 18 days in Australia BY A USER FROM CANADA October, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 18 days in Australia BY A USER FROM POLAND October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 18 days in Greater Melbourne, Torquay & Geelong BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular sights PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 23 days in Warburton, Greater Melbourne & Gold Coast BY A USER FROM GREECE June, teens, kids, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 12 days in Greater Sydney, Great Ocean Road & Greater Melbourne BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, teens, culture, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, teens, culture, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 17 days in Greater Sydney BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Find a travel specialist
TRAVEL AGENT