16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  14​h 30​min
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Gold Coast
— 1 night
train + foot + Fly:  5​h 15​min
Lord Howe Island
— 1 day
Fly + train:  5​h
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: New Delhi


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 22nd (Sat), take a memorable tour with Tours. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns tour itinerary planning app .

New Delhi, India to Cairns is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from New Delhi to Cairns due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New Delhi in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 36°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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 24th (Mon): trek along Uluru Hiking Path, then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then hike along Kuniya Walk, and finally don't miss a visit to Uluru. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park holiday builder tool .

You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Cairns, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 42°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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


Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol. Head to Melbourne Central and Lightning Ridge Opal Minesfor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Degraves Street, look for gifts at Haigh's Chocolates Collins Street, take a stroll through Collins St/Swanston St, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, Melbourne is little chillier than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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 29th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast online travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Gold Coast takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 22°C in Gold Coast. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 30th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, then learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ned's Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island itinerary builder site .

Explore your travel options from Gold Coast to Lord Howe Island with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Leura.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

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


Leura ©
Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): look for gifts at The Nook, look for gifts at Teddy Sinclair, then look for gifts at Rick Rutherford's Country, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, and finally admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, browse for treasures at Victory Theatre Antique Centre, then look for gifts at The Candy Store Leura, then stop by Katoomba Vintage Emporium, and finally stop by OMNIA a little bit of everywhere.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Leura online attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Lord Howe Island to Leura takes 5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Leura can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Leura

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Katoomba, Rick Rutherford's Country, The National Pass, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Victory Theatre Antique Centre
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The Nook ©
The Nook
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls


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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Head to Sydney Fish Market and Opal Mindedfor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through The Rocks, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, get a taste of the local shopping with Queen Victoria Building (QVB), and enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney online day trip planner .

Getting from Leura to Sydney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks