16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Exeter
train + Fly:  27​h
1
Melbourne
— 1 night
2
Torquay
— 1 night
+3
bus + shuttle + Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
3
Kangaroo Island
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
7
Cairns
— 2 nights
8
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + train:  28​h
End: Exeter

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night
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 14th (Fri): meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Sandridge Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Kilda Beach, and then take a memorable tour with Melbourne Boat Hire.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Melbourne tour builder website .

Exeter, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 27-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a 10 hour difference. December in Melbourne sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Torquay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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Torquay

Torquay
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
On the 16th (Sun), stroll through 13th Beach and then take a memorable drive along The Great Ocean Road.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Torquay trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Torquay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Torquay are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trip

13th Beach
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The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road
13th Beach ©
13th Beach

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Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Flinders Chase National Park.

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Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Torquay to Kangaroo Island takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Clovelly. Visit Manly Beach and Coogee Beach for some beach relaxation. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Sydney takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Airlie Beach in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 28°C in Airlie Beach. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Wildlife Adventure
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

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You can ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Airlie Beach in December, Whitsunday Island is little chillier at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

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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.
On the 23rd (Sun), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cairns vacation builder tool .

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Cairns by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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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 25th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas travel planning site .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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