16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Moffat Beach in Caloundra (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, stroll through Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and catch a live event at Suncorp Stadium.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane travel route tool.

New York City, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from New York City to Brisbane. In March, Brisbane is warmer than New York City - with highs of 82°F and lows of 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can 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: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sydney road 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 — 3 nights

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 sightseeing, shopping, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take a tour by water with Melbourne Boat Hire, get your game on at Zero Latency, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne tour planning tool.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3 hours. Other options are to 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 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Cairns.
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Cairns — 3 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. Change things up with a short trip to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Wangetti (about 44 minutes away). There's much more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cairns travel planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in March, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 87°F and 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.
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Australia travel guide

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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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