16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: New Delhi

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, trails, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner.

New Delhi, India to Sydney is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from New Delhi to Sydney. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from New Delhi in December; daily highs in Sydney reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

3
nights
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, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, and pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne day trip planning site .

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, plan for little chillier nights in Melbourne, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
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, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, make a trip to Field of Light, get outside with Walpa Gorge, and take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in December; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 42°C and lows reach 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

2
nights
Port Douglas

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.
On the 27th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stop by With Sugar. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas route maker tool .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Douglas: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then admire all the interesting features of The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cairns road trip tool .

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. December in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

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

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