16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia travel planner

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Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly
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Canberra
— 1 night
Fly
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Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum. Visiting Bondi Beach and Bondi to Coogee Walk will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and admire the masterpieces at Brett Whiteley Studio.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Sydney. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Canberra

— 1 night

The Bush Capital

A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 19th (Tue), explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then get curious at Questacon.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Canberra visit planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Canberra in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in May, things will get a bit cooler in Canberra: highs are around 19°C and lows about 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums · Childrens Museums

Melbourne

— 3 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 Museum and National Gallery of Victoria are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Immigration Museum and ArtVo. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, explore the world behind art at Museum of Chinese Australian History, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and get a new perspective on nature at The National Opal Collection.

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You can fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Canberra in May, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Uluru and Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga. Appreciate the collections at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Walkatjara Art Uluru. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, trek along Kuniya Walk, and take in the dramatic natural features at Walpa Gorge.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip website.

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in May, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

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.
Village Gallery and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Spend the 26th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

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Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns is 0.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May; daily highs in Cairns reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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 29th (Fri), explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then explore the galleries of Ngarru Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

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.