16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Bournemouth
train + Fly:  25​h
1
Cairns
— 1 day
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
2
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Canberra
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  41​h
End: Bournemouth

1
day
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 22nd (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns day trip tool .

Bournemouth, UK to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Bournemouth to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bournemouth in December, expect Cairns to be warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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 23rd (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach online attractions planner .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

2
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 The Rocks Discovery Museum. Do your shopping at Sydney Fish Market and ATTY Gallery. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, explore the galleries of Ambush Gallery, and trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip maker app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Sydney in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Airlie Beach in December since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
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 27th (Fri), stroll through Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, then get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, and finally stroll through Ned's Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island travel planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

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

1
day
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 28th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, then get curious at Questacon, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and finally explore the world behind art at Drill Hall Gallery.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Canberra trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Fly from Lord Howe Island to Canberra in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Melbourne Museum and Melbourne Central. Take a break from the city and head to Melbourne Zoo and Balloon Rides. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, examine the collection at National Sports Museum, take an in-depth tour of Italian Museum and Historical Society, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Outdoors Tours
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Walkatjara Art and Kata Tjuta. Get outdoors at Uluru and Valley of the Winds. And it doesn't end there: get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path, and take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light.

Plan a trip to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 42°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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