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
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
3
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Madrid

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.
Get in touch with nature at Eastern Beach Reserve and Ocean Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Rowanston on the Track Winery and Captains Creek Organic Wines. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Rye Ocean Beach (in Rye), 13th Beach (in Barwon Heads) and Spas & Wellness (in Daylesford). Dedicate the 6th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at McCrae Beach and examine the collection at Federation Square.

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Madrid, Spain to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a 9 hour difference. When traveling from Madrid in February, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ocean Beach, Rye Ocean Beach, McCrae Beach, Rowanston on the Track Winery, Eastern Beach Reserve
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Rye Ocean Beach ©
Rye Ocean Beach
13th Beach ©
13th Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, tour the pleasant surroundings at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, then enjoy the sand and surf at Shelly Beach, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at North Head Sanctuary. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at The Rocks Markets, then steep yourself in history at First Fleet Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Watson's Bay, and finally kick back and relax at Whale Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sydney online trip builder .

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, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Manly, Whale Beach, First Fleet Park, Balmoral Beach, Mosman
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St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Hammer and Hand Byron Bay Jewellery and Metal Collective, then kick back and relax at Lennox Head Beach, then kick back and relax at Broken Head Beach, and finally trek along Cape Byron Walking Track. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, stroll through Tallow Beach, look for gifts at Jules Hunt Studio Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Thomgallery, and finally find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Byron Bay road trip tool .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Byron Bay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. February in Byron Bay sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lennox Head Beach, Broken Head Beach
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Lennox Head Beach ©
Lennox Head Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach

2
nights
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.
On the 12th (Tue), examine the collection at Museum of Brisbane, then see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, then admire the masterpieces at Gallery of Modern Art, and finally admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Noosa Chocolate Factory, enjoy the sand and surf at Dicky Beach, then explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, and finally stroll through Moffat Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Brisbane holiday builder tool .

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, daytime highs in Brisbane are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art
Museum of Brisbane ©
Museum of Brisbane
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach

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Cairns

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Historic Village Herberton and Trinity Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Herberton Mining Museum and Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Wellness & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 16th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns day trip planning tool .

Getting from Brisbane to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Cairns, with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Herberton, Mossman Gorge, Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach, Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Herberton Mining Museum ©
Herberton Mining Museum

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