16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Madrid
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
3
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
6
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Madrid

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.
Appreciate the collections at Melbourne Museum and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. Head to Melbourne Central and Degraves Streetfor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Shrine of Remembrance, admire the masterpieces at Craft Victoria, view the masterpieces at FortyFiveDownstairs, and see the interesting displays at National Sports Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne tour planner.

Madrid, Spain to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Madrid to Melbourne is 9 hours. Traveling from Madrid in February, expect nights in Melbourne to be somewhat warmer, around 16°C, while days are much warmer, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Brett Whiteley Studio. We've included these beaches for you: Manly Beach and Clovelly. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney tour itinerary site .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 23°C in Sydney. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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night
Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
On the 10th (Sun), view the masterpieces at Hammer and Hand Byron Bay Jewellery and Metal Collective, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lennox Head Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Broken Head Beach, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay visit app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Byron Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in February, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Lennox Head Beach, Broken Head Beach
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Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

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Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at The Henderson Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then admire the masterpieces at Gallery of Modern Art, then kick back and relax at Moffat Beach, and finally look for gifts at Noosa Chocolate Factory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dicky Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Brisbane day trip app .

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Brisbane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In February in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach

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Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Whitsunday Island online travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Whitsunday Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Whitsunday Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough 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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Whitsunday Island to Port Douglas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art, then take in the exciting artwork at Underart Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Village Gallery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip maker .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In February in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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