16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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Sydney
— 3 nights
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Melbourne
— 3 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Cape Tribulation
— 1 night
Drive
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Cairns
— 3 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Visiting Bondi to Coogee Walk and Clovelly Beach will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Sydney Fish Market, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, wander the streets of The Rocks, and catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney route site.

Amritsar, India to Sydney is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amritsar to Sydney is 4.5 hours. Traveling from Amritsar in January, expect nights in Sydney to be much hotter, around 23°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. Museum-lovers will get to explore Immigration Museum and Federation Square. There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at Melbourne Central, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne road trip app.

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Melbourne, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Shopping · Outdoors · Tours

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): stroll through Kuniya Walk, explore the striking landscape at Uluru, then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and finally shop like a local with Walkatjara Art Uluru. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Walpa Gorge and then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in January, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 43°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

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 30th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Mossman Gorge Centre and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stroll through Opal Reef.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Douglas, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Cape Tribulation

— 1 night
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach, then kick back and relax at Thornton Beach, then look for gifts at Daintree Entomological museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Myall Beach.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation trip planner.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns, then take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Trails

Australia travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
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.