16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
2
Norfolk Island
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
3
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Hobart
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
6
Albany
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

2
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Historic Village Herberton and Bones and Jones. Escape the urban bustle at Trinity Beach and Atherton Tablelands. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cairns road trip site .

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Cairns is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in May; daily highs in Cairns reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Norfolk Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Historic Village Herberton, Trinity Beach, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island ©
Pine trees, rolling green hills, and dramatic cliffs typify Norfolk Island, an Australian offshore territory 1,412 km (877 mi) east of the mainland.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take in the waterfront at Kingston Pier, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Norfolk Island Cemetery, and then kick back and relax at Emily Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Pitt, appreciate the history behind Captain Cook's Monument, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Barnabas Chapel, then steep yourself in history at Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area, and finally don't miss a visit to Fletcher's Mutiny Cyclorama.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Norfolk Island trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Norfolk Island takes 8.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairns to Norfolk Island is 1 hour. Traveling from Cairns in May, things will get a bit cooler in Norfolk Island: highs are around 24°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Norfolk Island

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Norfolk Island Cemetery ©
Norfolk Island Cemetery
Emily Bay ©
Emily Bay
St. Barnabas Chapel ©
St. Barnabas Chapel

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, then stop by DUX Collection Sydney, and finally wander the streets of The Rocks. Keep things going the next day: hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, see a show at Sydney Opera House, then wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and finally don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Norfolk Island to Sydney takes 5 hours. Traveling from Norfolk Island to Sydney, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Sydney when traveling from Norfolk Island in May, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Sydney

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

1
night
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): admire the striking features of Constitution Dock, look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary, then see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hobart trip builder .

Getting from Sydney to Hobart by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In June, Hobart is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
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Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Hobart Convict Penitentiary ©
Hobart Convict Penitentiary
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum ©
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum

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.
Get some cultural insight at Valley of the Winds and Uluru. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kata Tjuta and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. There's still lots to do: trek along Kuniya Walk, get outside with Walpa Gorge, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, and stroll through Uluru Hiking Path.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Hobart to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hobart in June: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Albany.

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
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

3
nights
Albany

Albany ©
Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Middleton Beach and Greens Pool. Explore hidden gems such as Little Beach and Albany's Historic Whaling Station. Take a break from Albany with a short trip to The Denmark Heritage Cider Company in Scotsdale, about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at National Anzac Centre, take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge, and appreciate the history behind Desert Mounted Corps Memorial.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Albany trip planner .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Albany by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In June, daytime highs in Albany are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Denmark
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National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Little Beach ©
Little Beach

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