16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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Cairns
— 2 nights
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
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Gold Coast
— 1 night
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Newcastle
— 1 night
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Sydney
— 3 nights
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Melbourne
— 2 nights
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Cairns

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.
When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Spas in Palm Cove, approximately Palm Cove away. Spend the 3rd (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, browse the exhibits of Bones and Jones, and explore the world behind art at Samurai Gallery Australia.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns day trip planning website.

Brussels, Belgium to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Brussels to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Brussels in June, with highs in Cairns at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Trails

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, then soak in some Japanese tradition at The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas online road trip planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Baths

Side Trip

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Brisbane

Australia's New World City

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.
On the 7th (Mon), let little ones run wild at Downfall Creek Bushland Centre, stroll around South Bank Parklands, and then take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout and then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane vacation builder tool.

Fly from Port Douglas to Brisbane in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Port Douglas in June, expect Brisbane to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Newcastle.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your trip

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Newcastle

While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): see Off-Road Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Timeless Textiles, expand your understanding of the military at Fort Scratchley, then go for a walk through Newcastle Memorial Walk, and finally take some stellar pictures from Shepherds Hill Fort.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Newcastle travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Gold Coast to Newcastle in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Gold Coast in June; daily highs in Newcastle reach 20°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Newcastle

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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Sydney

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: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

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You can drive from Newcastle to Sydney in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Melbourne

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.
On the 14th (Mon), examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and finally make a trip to Flinders Street Station. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

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You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In June, Melbourne is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Museums

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.