16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip planner

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

— 2 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: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, explore and take pictures at Fitzroy Gardens, and pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne trip tool.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Melbourne. In June in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Sydney

— 4 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: trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and have some family-friendly fun at Flight Experience.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sydney attractions planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in June, with highs in Sydney at 21°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

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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.
Step out of Port Douglas with an excursion to Photography Tours in Daintree--about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, look for gifts at With Sugar, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas holiday app.

You can fly from Sydney to Port Douglas in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sydney in July, expect Port Douglas to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Cairns

— 3 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.
Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy some diversion at Muddy's Playground, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and have some family-friendly fun at Cairns Kart Hire Track.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns visit planning tool.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 3 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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, trek along Kuniya Walk, and go for a walk through Lungkata Walk.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park route planner.

Getting from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Cairns, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

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.