16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Chengdu
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Surfers Paradise
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Chengdu


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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.
Visiting Manly Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Featherdale Wildlife Park in Blacktown, about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stop by Sydney Fish Market, kick back and relax at Clovelly, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and see the grandeur of opera at Sydney Opera House.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip builder website .

Chengdu, China to Sydney is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Chengdu to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chengdu in February, expect Sydney to be warmer, temps between 31°C and 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): kick back and relax at Ellis Beach and then take a stroll through Queen Street Mall.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane journey planner .

Getting from Sydney to Brisbane by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Surfers Paradise.

Things to do in Brisbane

Shopping Neighborhoods Beaches

Side Trip

Ellis Beach
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Queen Street Mall ©
Queen Street Mall
Ellis Beach ©
Ellis Beach

1
night
Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise ©
The main appeal of Surfer’s Paradise can be identified from its name alone.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): browse the different shops at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, then examine the collection at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise, and finally get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Surfers Paradise online holiday maker .

You can drive from Brisbane to Surfers Paradise in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Surfers Paradise

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Gold Coast
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Pacific Fair Shopping Centre ©
Pacific Fair Shopping Centre

2
nights
Cairns

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Surfers Paradise to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Surfers Paradise in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Tanks Arts Centre
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Tanks Arts Centre ©
Tanks Arts Centre
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral
McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery ©
McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery

6
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 St. Kilda Beach will thrill your kids. Get a sense of the local culture at Melbourne Central and Shrine of Remembrance. Spend the 23rd (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, look for gifts at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, and take a stroll through Degraves Street.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip maker site .

Getting from Cairns to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cairns in February; daily highs in Melbourne reach 31°C and lows reach 16°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

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