16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 1 day
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Lord Howe Island
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Edmonton

1
day
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 18th (Mon), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns day trip planning website .

Edmonton, Canada to Cairns is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 17 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Edmonton in March, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
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 19th (Tue), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then stop by With Sugar.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas tour builder .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In March, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

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

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Uluru and Kuniya Walk. Escape the urban bustle at Kata Tjuta and Mutitjulu Waterhole. There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, make a trip to Field of Light, get outside with Walpa Gorge, and hike along Uluru Hiking Path.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park route planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in March, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 41°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

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
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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.
Family-friendly places like Melbourne Zoo and Old Melbourne Gaol will thrill your kids. Head to Melbourne Central and Lightning Ridge Opal Minesfor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St Michael's Church, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne vacation planning tool .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in March; daily highs in Melbourne reach 30°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

1
day
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island tour planning site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Lord Howe Island takes 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Museum ©
Lord Howe Island 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 inner history buff will appreciate The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum. Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Sydney Fish Market, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, don't miss a visit to Queen Victoria Building (QVB), and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney sightseeing planning website .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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