16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Alice Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Houston

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.
You've now added Sydney Harbour Bridge to your itinerary. Bring the kids along to Bondi Beach and Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck. There's still lots to do: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

3
nights
Alice Springs

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.
You've now added Wayoutback Australian Safaris - Day Tours to your itinerary. On the 27th (Fri), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary and view the masterpieces at Talapi.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Alice Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in December: highs in Alice Springs hover around 95°F, while lows dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Tours Wildlife Parks
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Port Douglas (Safaris & Four Mile Beach) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Spend the 29th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns road trip website .

You can fly from Alice Springs to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alice Springs in December, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 73°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 88°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

4
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.
You've now added Australia Zoo to your itinerary. Attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Wheel of Brisbane make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, explore the activities along The Brisbane River, and kick back and relax at Moffat Beach.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Brisbane driving holiday site .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in January, you will find days in Brisbane are slightly colder (84°F), and nights are about the same (71°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Australia Zoo, Moffat Beach, Sea World Theme Park
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Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands

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