16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip planner

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Gold Coast
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Leura
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Sydney
— 3 nights
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Melbourne
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Gold Coast

— 5 nights
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.
Family-friendly places like Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and South Bank Parklands will thrill your kids. Get in touch with nature at Surfers Paradise Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Brisbane (Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout & Goodwill Bridge) and The Treat Shop (in Eagle Heights). There's much more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park, identify plant and animal life at David Fleay Wildlife Park, get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, and browse the fresh offerings at Sanctuary Markets.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast day trip planner.

Chennai, India to Gold Coast is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 4.5 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Chennai in May, with highs in Gold Coast at 27°C and lows at 15°C. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Leura.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Leura

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): make a trip to Sublime Point Lookout.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Leura trip website.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Gold Coast to Leura takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Leura when traveling from Gold Coast in May, with lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Leura

Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Tambourine Bay Reserve and Warraroon Reserve Walk, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Walk, and finally catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sydney road trip planning website.

Getting from Leura to Sydney by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Leura in May, with lows around 14°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trip

Melbourne

— 4 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.
Kids will enjoy Royal Botanic Gardens and Phillip Island Wildlife Park. Step out of the city life by going to Koala Conservation Centre and Conservation Hill Reserve. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Beaconsfield Flora & Fauna Reserve (in Beaconsfield) and Rhyll Inlet State Wildlife Reserve (in Rhyll). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, take a memorable tour with Tours, and take a stroll through Degraves Street.

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Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in May, expect Melbourne to be a bit cooler, temps between 20°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.

Blue Mountains travel guide

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World heritage site · Lookouts · Mountains
Cloaked by a natural blue haze that lingers above vast eucalypt forests and rugged sandstone tablelands, Blue Mountains remain Australia's most accessible World Heritage-listed wilderness within a two-hour drive from Sidney. Equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and avid nature lovers, a trip to Blue Mountains places you near canyons, waterfalls, underground caves, and limestone formations that date back at least 340 million years. Fresh mountain air serves as a perfect stimulus for numerous exhilarating activities and adventure sports. Hiking, bushwalking, rock climbing, canyoning, and abseiling rank among top things to do in Blue Mountains. The region's many festivals and rich Aboriginal heritage add a dash of culture to primarily nature-oriented Blue Mountains vacations.