16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Bathurst
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Canberra
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Auckland

5
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.
Visit The Rocks and Macquarie Lighthouse for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Sydney Opera House and Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Spend the 23rd (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, take an in-depth tour of The Rocks Discovery Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Sydney is an approximately 7-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Auckland to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Auckland in August, you will find days in Sydney are a bit warmer (22°C), and nights are slightly colder (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Bathurst.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

3
nights
Bathurst

Bathurst ©
Bathurst is a regional city in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum and All Saints Cathedral Bathurst. Explore Bathurst's surroundings by going to Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley), Katoomba (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & Katoomba Cascades) and Blue Mountains National Park (Anvil Rock Lookout & Pulpit Rock Lookout). It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Logan Brae Orchard and explore the striking landscape at Marrangaroo National Park.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Bathurst online travel route planner .

You can drive from Sydney to Bathurst in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In August, Bathurst is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 18°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Bathurst

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Katoomba, Blue Mountains National Park, Logan Brae Orchard, Marrangaroo National Park, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
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Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum ©
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout

4
nights
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.
You'll explore and learn at Australian War Memorial and National Bonsai & Penjing Collection. Do some cultural sightseeing at National Gallery of Australia and Scott Leggo Gallery. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, take in the exciting artwork at PhotoAccess, browse the exhibits of Beaver Galleries, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Australia.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Canberra trip itinerary site .

Getting from Bathurst to Canberra by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in August, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Parks Wildlife
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

3
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
On the 31st (Sat), explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia, get a new perspective on nature at South Australian Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Migration Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Waterfall Gully. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Flinders University Art Museum & City Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Adelaide Oval, then let the kids burn off some steam at Oaklands Wetland, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hallett Cove Conservation Park.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Adelaide online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Adelaide takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in August, Adelaide is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Hallett Cove Conservation Park, Oaklands Wetland
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Waterfall Gully ©
Waterfall Gully
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Art Gallery of South Australia ©
Art Gallery of South Australia

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