16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: New Delhi

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Take a break from the city and head to Sandridge Beach and Melbourne Zoo. Head to Melbourne Central and Collins St/Swanston Stfor plenty of shopping. When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, approximately 1h 40 min away. Spend the 21st (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, identify plant and animal life at Warrandyte State Park, hunt for treasures at Degraves Street, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Melbourne, use our trip itinerary maker.

New Delhi, India to Melbourne is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) is 4 hours. Traveling from New Delhi in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Melbourne, with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

5
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Australian National Maritime Museum and Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. There's much more to do: wander the streets of The Rocks, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, make a trip to Queen Victoria Building (QVB), and listen to music at Sydney Opera House.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in December, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

1
night
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. December in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta 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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Do your shopping at Coffee Works and Tanks Arts Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton) and Four Mile Beach (in Port Douglas).

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cairns holiday planner.

Fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Gold Coast in December, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Historic Village Herberton, Tanks Arts Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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