16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Clovelly. There's much more to do: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, admire the masterpieces at Australian Centre for Photography, and kick back and relax at Camp Cove.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from London to Sydney, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In March, Sydney is much warmer than London - with highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

1
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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 7th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island day trip planning app .

Fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

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Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Sandridge Beach and Half Moon Bay. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner.

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Melbourne in 5.5 hours. March in Melbourne sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

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St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Sandridge Beach ©
Sandridge Beach

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.
On the 11th (Mon), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Melbourne to Port Douglas in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in March, with highs in Port Douglas at 36°C and lows at 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

4
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove, approximately 44 minutes away. Spend the 13th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip maker tool .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In March, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. On the 16th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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