16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + Drive:  17​h
1
Faulconbridge
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
5
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
6
Lord Howe Island
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

1
night
Faulconbridge

Faulconbridge ©
Faulconbridge is a village located in the Blue Mountains 77 km west of Sydney, New South Wales and is 450 metres above sea level. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, look for gifts at Rick Rutherford's Country, stop by Teddy Sinclair, then look for gifts at The Nook, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass. Here are some ideas for day two: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Victory Theatre Antique Centre, stop by The Candy Store Leura, look for gifts at Katoomba Vintage Emporium, then stop by Blue Mountains Chocolate Company, and finally admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Faulconbridge online trip planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Faulconbridge is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) is 8 hours. In April, daytime highs in Faulconbridge are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Faulconbridge

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Katoomba, Leura, The National Pass, Rick Rutherford's Country, Victory Theatre Antique Centre
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
The Nook ©
The Nook
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

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 29th (Mon): get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia, explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and finally take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Canberra road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Faulconbridge to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Faulconbridge in April, with highs in Canberra at 24°C and lows at 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
Find places to stay Apr 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Shop till you drop at Melbourne Central and Lightning Ridge Opal Mines. Museum-lovers will appreciate Melbourne Museum and Immigration Museum. There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, see the interesting displays at National Sports Museum, wander the streets of Degraves Street, and make a trip to Collins St/Swanston St.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne day trip planner.

Fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Melbourne, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 2:
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): hike along Kuniya Walk, explore the striking landscape at Uluru, then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip app .

Getting from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Melbourne in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay May 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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 5th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): look for gifts at With Sugar, identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, and finally look for gifts at Coffee Works.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, Port Douglas is a bit warmer than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay May 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
day
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, and then stroll through Ned's Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Lord Howe Island sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Lord Howe Island in 7.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay May 6 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

4
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.
Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales will appeal to museum buffs. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, explore the world behind art at Brett Whiteley Studio, and don't miss a visit to Queen Victoria Building (QVB).

For traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Sydney visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. In May in Sydney, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Museums
Find places to stay May 7 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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