16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Faulconbridge
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 30​min
5
Port Douglas
— 1 night
6
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

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 16th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, then wander the streets of Degraves Street, and finally take a stroll through Melbourne Central. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, then look for all kinds of wild species at Trin Warren Tam-boore, and then kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Melbourne holiday planner.

If you are flying in from India, the closest major airport is Melbourne International Airport. In October, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. The Rocks and Darling Harbour are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Blacktown to see Featherdale Wildlife Park about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and kick back and relax at Coogee Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Sydney holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in October, expect Sydney to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Faulconbridge.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Featherdale Wildlife Park
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

1
day
Faulconbridge

Faulconbridge ©
Faulconbridge is a village located in the Blue Mountains 77 km west of Sydney, New South Wales and is 450 metres above sea level. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): look for gifts at Rick Rutherford's Country, look for all kinds of wild species at Corridor of Oaks, explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, then enjoy some music at Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub, then take in the views from Lennox Bridge, and finally examine the collection at Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Faulconbridge itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Faulconbridge takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Sydney in October, plan for little chillier nights in Faulconbridge, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Faulconbridge

Shopping Nightlife Museums

Side Trips

Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub, Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, Rick Rutherford's Country, Lennox Bridge
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Rick Rutherford's Country ©
Rick Rutherford's Country
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 23rd (Tue), trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, then play a few rounds at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, then learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Ned's Beach, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island trip itinerary site .

Explore your travel options from Faulconbridge to Lord Howe Island with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): stop by Coffee Works, then hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, then experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and finally kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Lord Howe Island to Port Douglas in 7.5 hours. October in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 26:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

1
night
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 27th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, admire the masterpieces at Cairns Art Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia, then hunt for treasures at Rusty's Market, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Underart Gallery.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns driving holiday planning site .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In October, daytime highs in Cairns are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Samurai Gallery Australia ©
Samurai Gallery Australia
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Red Desert Reptiles, stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uluru. On your second day here, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder website .

You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Cairns in October, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are slightly colder (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Red Desert Reptiles
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 29:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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