16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip planner
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Brisbane
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Sydney
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Melbourne
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Cairns
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Brisbane — 2 nights

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.
Go for a jaunt from Brisbane to Caloundra to see Moffat Beach about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: stroll around South Bank Parklands, see where the action happens at Suncorp Stadium, look for gifts at Noosa Chocolate Factory, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Brisbane day trip site.

Salt Lake City, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 17 hours. In March, Brisbane is warmer than Salt Lake City - with highs of 82°F and lows of 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Sydney.
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Sydney — 5 nights

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, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, stop by Darling Harbour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sydney day trip planner.

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Sydney are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Melbourne.
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Melbourne — 2 nights

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Wild Wombat Escapes Tours as well as Balloon Rides. Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. On your second day here, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and then see the top attractions with Wild Wombat Escapes Tours.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip planner.

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in March, Melbourne is slightly colder at night with lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can fly to Cairns.
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Cairns — 4 nights

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.
You've now added Cairns Dive School to your itinerary. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas (in Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti). Spend the 15th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns vacation planning website.

Fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 87°F and lows about 74°F. On the 16th (Sat), you'll travel back home.
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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.
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