16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Cairns
— 4 nights
2
Brisbane
— 3 nights
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights

4
nights
Cairns

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore and take pictures at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary maker site.

Auckland, New Zealand to Cairns is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Cairns is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Auckland in December, plan for warmer days in Cairns, with highs around °C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Palm Cove Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

3
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and get great views at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary planning app.

Fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in January, expect nights in Brisbane to be about the same, around °C, while days are little chillier, around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

3
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January in Sydney, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
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: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne online itinerary planner.

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Sydney in January, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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