16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia sightseeing planner

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Melbourne
— 4 nights
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
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Cairns
— 2 nights
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
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Sydney
— 3 nights
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Melbourne

— 4 nights

Australia's Garden City

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: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to Royal Exhibition Building, tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Kilda Beach, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne travel itinerary planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Melbourne is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Johannesburg in June: highs in Melbourne hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours

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Port Douglas

— 2 nights
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 15th (Mon), do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, then get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at With Sugar, then kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, then explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, and finally take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout.

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You can fly from Melbourne to Port Douglas in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in June; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 30°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Cairns

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, and then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Cairns are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Brisbane

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): walk around South Bank Parklands and then take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then get great views at Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, and then try out the rides at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip tool.

Fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cairns in June; daily highs in Brisbane reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Sydney

— 3 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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. There's still lots to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, take in the pleasant sights at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Brisbane in June, you will find days in Sydney are a bit cooler (21°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

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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.