16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip planner

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Fly
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Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly
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Melbourne
— 3 nights
Drive

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 2 nights
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, explore the striking landscape at Walpa Gorge, and then go for a walk through Lungkata Walk.

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Warrnambool to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 10-hour combination of train and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time is minus 0.5 hours. In July in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Cairns

— 2 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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 14th (Tue), observe the fascinating underwater world at Cairns Aquarium, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones. On your second day here, let little ones run wild at Figtree Playground, walk around Anzac Park, then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in July: highs in Cairns hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Cape Tribulation

— 2 nights
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum, then kick back and relax at Myall Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Marrdja Botanical Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm, then experience rural life at Cape Trib Farm, and then hike along Dubuji Boardwalk.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation day trip planner.

Getting from Cairns to Cape Tribulation by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Port Douglas

— 3 nights
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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Sydney

— 3 nights

The Harbour City

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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sydney planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Port Douglas to Sydney takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Port Douglas in July: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 21°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Melbourne

— 3 nights

Australia's Garden City

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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, Melbourne is little chillier than Sydney - with highs of 15°C and lows of 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Fun & Games · Parks

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.