16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  25​h
1
Canberra
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Angaston
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

1
day
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.
On the 5th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, get a taste of the local shopping with Fyshwick Fresh Food Market, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and finally ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Canberra day trip planning app .

Washington DC, USA to Canberra is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in May, expect nights in Canberra to be cooler, around 36°F, while days are little chillier, around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Angaston.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Shopping
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Fyshwick Fresh Food Market ©
Fyshwick Fresh Food Market

1
night
Angaston

Angaston ©
Angaston is a town on the eastern side of the Barossa Valley in South Australia, 77 km northeast of Adelaide. On the 6th (Mon), learn about winemaking at Murray Street Vineyards, stop by Maggie Beer's Farm Shop, then stop by Steiny's Traditional Mettwurst, then do a tasting at Thorn-Clarke Wines, and finally look for gifts at Doddridge Blacksmith Shop.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Angaston tour builder website .

Explore your travel options from Canberra to Angaston with the Route module. Traveling from Canberra in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Angaston, with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Angaston

Shopping Wineries

Side Trips

Maggie Beer's Farm Shop, Steiny's Traditional Mettwurst, Murray Street Vineyards
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Thorn-Clarke Wines ©
Thorn-Clarke Wines
Murray Street Vineyards ©
Murray Street Vineyards
Steiny's Traditional Mettwurst ©
Steiny's Traditional Mettwurst

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.
For shopping fun, head to Melbourne Central or Degraves Street. Get a sense of the local culture at Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, take a stroll through Collins St/Swanston St, look for gifts at Readings Book Shop, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne attractions site .

Explore your travel options from Angaston to Melbourne with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. For shopping fun, head to Sydney Fish Market or Queen Victoria Building (QVB). And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, view the masterpieces at Brett Whiteley Studio, and hunt for treasures at Rozelle Collectors Market.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sydney holiday website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, Sydney is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 70°F and lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, then get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lord Howe Island trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

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

3
nights
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.
Relax by the water at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove (about 44 minutes away). Spend the 16th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cairns driving holiday site .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 69°F. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

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

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