16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Gold Coast
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Lord Howe Island
— 1 day
Fly + train:  5​h
6
Leura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: New Delhi

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary maker app .

New Delhi, India to Cairns is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 4 hours. Traveling from New Delhi in December, you will find days in Cairns are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are much warmer (26°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
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.
On the 24th (Mon), hike along Uluru Hiking Path, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then hike along Kuniya Walk, and finally don't miss a visit to Uluru. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cairns in December, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 42°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Melbourne Central and Lightning Ridge Opal Mines. Get some historical perspective at Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Degraves Street, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and stop by Readings Book Shop.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Melbourne route tool .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, things will get little chillier in Melbourne: highs are around 30°C and lows about 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

1
night
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach, then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast online day trip planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Gold Coast by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Gold Coast when traveling from Melbourne in December, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

1
day
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 30th (Sun), kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Lord Howe Island trip planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gold Coast to Lord Howe Island. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Leura.

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 Museum ©
Lord Howe Island Museum

2
nights
Leura

Leura ©
Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. On the 31st (Mon), stop by The Nook, stop by Teddy Sinclair, then look for gifts at Rick Rutherford's Country, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, stop by Victory Theatre Antique Centre, stop by The Candy Store Leura, then look for gifts at Katoomba Vintage Emporium, and finally stop by OMNIA a little bit of everywhere.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Leura trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Lord Howe Island to Leura takes 5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Leura are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Leura

Shopping Parks Trails

Side Trips

Katoomba, The National Pass, Victory Theatre Antique Centre, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Rick Rutherford's Country
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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The Nook ©
The Nook
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

4
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.
The Rocks and Darling Harbour are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Clovelly. The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, look for gifts at Opal Minded, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sydney holiday maker tool .

Drive from Leura to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks