16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
5
Lord Howe Island
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Get outdoors at Bondi Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. And it doesn't end there: browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, explore the world behind art at Brett Whiteley Studio, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and enjoy the sand and surf at Freshwater Beach.

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The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Sydney. In October, daytime highs in Sydney are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Melbourne Central and Lightning Ridge Opal Mines. Get some cultural insight at Melbourne Museum and Degraves Street. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in October, things will get a bit cooler in Melbourne: highs are around 24°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Attractions like Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Palm Cove Beach make great kid-friendly stops. It doesn't end there: stroll through Trinity Beach and take a stroll around Tanks Arts Centre.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in October: highs in Cairns hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Tanks Arts Centre, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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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.
For shopping fun, head to Coffee Works or Funstuff by Lynda. Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. Spend the 26th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and stop by With Sugar.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas vacation maker .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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day
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach, get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Lord Howe Island takes 7.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

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

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