16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia tour itinerary planner

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Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 1 night
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Brisbane
— 3 nights
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Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bathurst
— 3 nights
Drive
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Orange
— 1 night
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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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas) and Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Safaris). Spend the 3rd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: make a trip to Captain Cook Highway Rock Stacks.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary maker app.

Brisbane to Cairns is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Brisbane in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 34°C and lows about 24°C. You will leave for Airlie Beach on the 5th (Tue).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Airlie Beach

— 1 night

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 5th (Tue), look for gifts at Grotty Yachty Clothing.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach day trip tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cairns in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can fly to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Brisbane

— 3 nights

Australia's New World City

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 Sea World Theme Park in Main Beach (about 1h 10 min away). There's still lots to do: walk around South Bank Parklands, get in on the family fun at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane, admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

Before you visit Brisbane, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Brisbane when traveling from Airlie Beach in October, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can fly to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trip

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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney travel route planner.

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Sydney are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Bathurst.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Bathurst

— 3 nights
Bathurst is a regional city in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bathurst: Everglades House & Gardens (in Leura), Katoomba (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Narrow Neck Trail, &more) and Blackheath (Barrow Lookout, The Campbell Rhododendron Gardens, &more). There's more to do: cruise along Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit.

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You can fly from Sydney to Bathurst in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Bathurst when traveling from Sydney in October, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Orange.

Things to do in Bathurst

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Orange

— 1 night
Orange is a city in the Central West region of New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Golden Memories Musem, then learn about winemaking at Sassy Wines, then do a tasting at Nashdale Lane Wines & Cellar Door, and finally do a tasting at Rowlee Wines.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Orange planning tool.

Getting from Bathurst to Orange by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Orange

Wineries · Museums

Side Trip

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.