16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Karachi
Fly:  23​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
3
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  27​h
End: Karachi

3
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Manly Beach and Clovelly. There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, and stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

For reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney tour itinerary tool .

Karachi, Pakistan to Sydney is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Karachi to Sydney due to the time zone difference. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

1
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Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 24th (Mon), examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach, and then stroll through Ned's Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lord Howe Island trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Museum ©
Lord Howe Island Museum

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, then explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, and then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Canberra driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Canberra takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. In December in Canberra, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll explore and learn at Melbourne Museum and National Sports Museum. Get some cultural insight at Melbourne Central and Collins St/Swanston St. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Shrine of Remembrance, get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, stop by Readings Book Shop, and see the interesting displays at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Canberra to Melbourne by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, make a trip to Uluru, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Walpa Gorge and then explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in December, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 42°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

2
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.
On the 31st (Mon), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): kick back and relax at Trinity Beach and then experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cairns road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity 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.
On the 2nd (Wed), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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