16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Port Douglas
— 1 day
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
4
Canberra
— 1 night
5
Melbourne
— 3 nights
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights

1
day
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 11th (Sat), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, thendiscover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then browse the exhibits of Ngarru Gallery.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Port Douglas tour app.

Guangzhou, China to Port Douglas is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Guangzhou to Port Douglas. In January, Port Douglas is much warmer than Guangzhou - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Ngarru Gallery ©
Ngarru Gallery

2
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 12th (Sun): take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, thendiscover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, thenkick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and then stroll through Palm Cove Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cairns online tour itinerary maker.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Camp Cove. The adventure continues: visit The Rocks, stroll through Manly Beach, steep yourself in history at Justice & Police Museum, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Sydney travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cairns in January, with highs in Sydney at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then get curious at Questacon.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Canberra tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Canberra, with lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Attractions like Melbourne Museum and Sovereign Hill make great kid-friendly stops. Get a sense of the local culture at National Gallery of Victoria and Immigration Museum. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, take an in-depth tour of Museo Italiano, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Canberra in January: highs in Melbourne hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sovereign Hill
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, trek along Kuniya Walk, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and finally appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Uluru, thenexplore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park route tool.

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 January, things will get somewhat warmer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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