16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Jakarta
bus + Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Hobart
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h
5
Alice Springs
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
6
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
End: Jakarta


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3
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.
Family-friendly places like Bondi Beach and Manly Beach will thrill your kids. Spend the 9th (Thu) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. And it doesn't end there: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and take a stroll through The Rocks.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Sydney visit planner .

Jakarta, Indonesia to Sydney is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Jakarta to Sydney is 3 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Jakarta in May; daily highs in Sydney reach 24°C and lows reach 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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 12th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, and finally step off the mainland to explore Macquarie Island.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hobart trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Hobart takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Sydney in May, things will get a bit cooler in Hobart: highs are around 18°C and lows about 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Macquarie Island
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Macquarie Island ©
Macquarie Island

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens. Keep things going the next day: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Hobart to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, daytime highs in Melbourne are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Zoos & Aquariums
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Eureka Skydeck ©
Eureka Skydeck

1
night
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 15th (Wed): trek along Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, and then take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in May: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

1
night
Alice Springs

Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, see the interesting displays at Hartley Street School Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Alice Springs online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Tours Parks Wildlife
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Walking tours
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Hartley Street School Museum ©
Hartley Street School Museum

1
night
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
On the 18th (Sat), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Coffee Works, stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and finally look for gifts at With Sugar.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas travel planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Alice Springs to Port Douglas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Alice Springs in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Port Douglas: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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.
On the 20th (Mon), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cairns route website .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In May, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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