16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Perth
— 1 night
Drive
2
Margaret River
— 2 nights
Bus to Perth, Fly to Hobart
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Hobart
— 1 night
Fly
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Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly
5
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Ferry to Hamilton Island, Fly to Cairns
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Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Fly
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Darwin
— 3 nights
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Perth

— 1 night

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Scarborough Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cottesloe Beach, and finally snap pictures at Elizabeth Quay.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Perth online travel route planner.

Hong Kong, China to Perth is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Hong Kong in May, you will find days in Perth are little chillier (25°C), and nights are much colder (11°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Margaret River.

Things to do in Perth

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Margaret River

— 2 nights
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
On the 14th (Thu), Head underground at Mammoth Cave, Head underground at Lake Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Jewel Cave, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, and finally contemplate the long history of Water wheel. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your taste buds at Margaret River Chocolate Company, then enjoy the sand and surf at Meelup Beach, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ngilgi Cave, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Canal Rocks.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Margaret River online route planner.

Getting from Perth to Margaret River by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Hobart

— 1 night

Tasmania's Capital City

Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, and then contemplate the long history of Constitution Dock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary, then identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hobart online trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Hobart takes 12.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Gold Coast

— 1 night
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): browse the different shops at Robina Town Centre, stroll through Coolangatta Beach, and then stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip maker site.

You can fly from Hobart to Gold Coast in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Hobart in May, with highs in Gold Coast at 27°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then enjoy the sand and surf at Boathaven Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip itinerary maker website.

Fly from Gold Coast to Airlie Beach in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Gold Coast in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Airlie Beach, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Wildlife

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 20th (Wed): cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, explore and take pictures at Red Arrow Walk, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Freshwater Station, then take in the dramatic scenery at Crystal Cascades, then brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Yorkeys Knob Beach.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Cairns sightseeing website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Airlie Beach in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

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 22nd (Fri), explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Daintree National Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. May in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Darwin

— 3 nights

Outback Capital of the Northern Territory

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Take a break from the city and head to East Point Reserve and Safaris. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Christ Church Cathedral Darwin and St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Casuarina Coastal Reserve, make a trip to Parliament House, enjoy the sand and surf at Lameroo Beach, and cool off at Big Buoy Water Park.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Darwin trip planning tool.

You can fly from Port Douglas to Darwin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time, which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Port Douglas in May: highs in Darwin hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · 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.