16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia route planner

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Darwin
— 1 night
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
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Cairns
— 1 night
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 1 night
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Brisbane
— 1 night
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Gold Coast
— 2 nights
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Sydney
— 1 night
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Melbourne
— 1 night
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Adelaide
— 2 nights
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Perth
— 3 nights
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Darwin

— 1 night

Outback Capital of the Northern Territory

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience, then take an in-depth tour of RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

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Pune, India to Darwin is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Pune to Darwin is 4 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Darwin can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Darwin

Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Port Douglas

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip planning website.

Fly from Darwin to Port Douglas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin to Port Douglas, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Darwin in October; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 34°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trips

Cairns

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Freshwater Station, then kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October in Cairns, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

Airlie Beach

— 1 night

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 12th (Mon), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in October, expect nights in Airlie Beach to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Beaches · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Brisbane

— 1 night

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 13th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Queensland Maritime Museum, then steep yourself in history at Boggo Road Gaol (Jail), and then take a stroll through Queen Street Mall.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier evenings in Brisbane when traveling from Airlie Beach in October, with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Gold Coast

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): get the adrenaline pumping with Jetpack Flyboard Adventures, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and finally stroll through Burleigh Head National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Snapper Rocks.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Gold Coast trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature

Sydney

— 1 night

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 (Fri), wander the streets of The Rocks, then catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, then kick back and relax at Clovelly Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip planner.

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Melbourne

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Dandenong Ranges National Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip builder website.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, Melbourne is a bit cooler than Sydney - with highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Adelaide

— 2 nights
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Migration Museum, then get engrossed in the history at State Library of South Australia, then learn more about the world around you at South Australian Museum, and finally see where the action happens at Adelaide Oval.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Adelaide visit app.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Adelaide takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne to Adelaide, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, daytime highs in Adelaide are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Adelaide

Tours · Wineries · Museums · Historic Sites

Perth

— 3 nights

City of Light

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 20th (Tue): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Elizabeth Quay, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cottesloe Beach, then appreciate the history behind State War Memorial, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. George's Cathedral.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Perth trip planner.

You can fly from Adelaide to Perth in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Adelaide to Perth, you'll gain 1.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, daytime highs in Perth are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Tours · Wineries · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.