16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 30​min
5
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Singapore

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get a sense of the local culture at Melbourne Central and Melbourne Museum. Kids will enjoy Melbourne Zoo and National Sports Museum. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, make a trip to Shrine of Remembrance, stop by Haigh's Chocolates Collins Street, and take a stroll through Collins St/Swanston St.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary planning app .

Singapore, Singapore to Melbourne is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from Singapore to Melbourne, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, Melbourne is colder than Singapore - with highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Parks
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Floriade, then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and then ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Canberra itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Canberra takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Melbourne in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Canberra, with lows of 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Floriade ©
Floriade
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia

4
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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Australian National Maritime Museum and Brett Whiteley Studio. Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. There's much more to do: wander the streets of The Rocks, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and stop by Volle Jewellery.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sydney visit planner .

You can drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Canberra in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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 15th (Mon), stroll through Lagoon Beach, examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ned's Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island online holiday planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Museum ©
Lord Howe Island Museum

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.
Head to Coffee Works and With Sugarfor plenty of shopping. Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. Spend the 17th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. It doesn't end there: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and stop by Funstuff by Lynda.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas tour planner .

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 7.5 hours. In October in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach and then experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns online visit planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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