16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  27​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Lisbon

3
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.
Spend the 6th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 8th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cairns online journey planner .

Lisbon, Portugal to Cairns is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time (WET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 10 hours. Traveling from Lisbon in October, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 34°C and lows about 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife 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.
Spend the 9th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 10th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas road trip planning website .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In October in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of The Rocks, stroll through Bondi Beach, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney tour itinerary builder website .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Sydney in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Port Douglas in October; daily highs in Sydney reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, get your game on at Zero Latency, and don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in October; daily highs in Melbourne reach 24°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Tours
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Perth online attractions planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in October: highs in Perth hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

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