16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  25​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Charlotte

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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Green Arrow Walk. Spend the 18th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cairns, use our trip itinerary maker.

Charlotte, USA to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Charlotte to Cairns is 15 hours. Traveling from Charlotte in July, expect Cairns to be slightly colder, temps between 79°F and 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
Get outdoors at Safaris and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Horses in Port and take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Port Douglas using our trip planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in July, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Bring the kids along to Melbourne Museum and National Sports Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Melbourne Gaol and Shrine of Remembrance. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Melbourne road trip planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Melbourne by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Port Douglas in July, with highs in Melbourne at 56°F and lows at 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

5
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.
Visiting Sydney Harbour National Park and Bondi Beach will get you outdoors. Bring the kids along to Australian National Maritime Museum and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba) and The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park). There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, explore the world behind art at Australian Centre for Photography, and get curious at Powerhouse Museum.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. While traveling from Melbourne, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Sydney Harbour National Park, The National Pass, Wentworth Falls
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

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