16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
2
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  10​h 30​min
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  21​h 45​min
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Melbourne
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Ballarat
— Few hours
train:  1​h 30​min
8
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: New Delhi

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Frankston Beach, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, and then view the masterpieces at McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Manyung Gallery Mount Eliza, then make a trip to Main Street Mornington, then enjoy some diversion at Exitus, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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New Delhi, India to Melbourne is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Traveling from New Delhi in June, expect Melbourne to be much colder, temps between 16°C and 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mornington, Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park, Frankston Beach, Manyung Gallery Mount Eliza
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Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne ©
Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne
Spas
Main Street Mornington ©
Main Street Mornington

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): get a sense of history and politics at Royal Australian Mint and then engage your brain at Questacon.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Canberra online road trip planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Canberra by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Canberra when traveling from Melbourne in June, with lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Fun & Games
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Questacon ©
Questacon
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia

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.
On the 1st (Mon), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Hillsong Church. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, kick back and relax at Clovelly Beach, then meet the residents at Symbio Wildlife Park, then take some stellar pictures from Bald Hill Lookout, and finally pause for some photo ops at Lawrence Hargrave.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner .

Drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, Sydney is a bit warmer than Canberra - with highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Bald Hill Lookout, Symbio Wildlife Park, Lawrence Hargrave
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Clovelly Beach ©
Clovelly Beach

2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha and then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout and then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane travel route builder .

Getting from Sydney to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. July in Brisbane sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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.
On the 6th (Sat), have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool. Keep things going the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Brisbane in July, with highs in Cairns at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): explore the landscape on two wheels at Sandridge Trail.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Melbourne in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In July, Melbourne is cooler than Cairns - with highs of 15°C and lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Ballarat.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Trails Outdoors
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few
hours
Ballarat

Ballarat ©
Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ballarat road trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Melbourne to Ballarat in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Ballarat are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Melbourne.

Things to do in Ballarat

Museums Parks
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The Gold Museum ©
The Gold Museum
Ballarat Botanical Gardens ©
Ballarat Botanical Gardens

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne
To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip builder app .

You can take a train from Ballarat to Melbourne in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. You'll set off for home on the 10th (Wed).

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Tours
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