16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

3
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, see a show at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary planner.

New Delhi, India to Sydney is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4.5 hours traveling from New Delhi to Sydney. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from New Delhi in December, with highs in Sydney at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 5th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, thentake in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne route planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in December, Melbourne is little chillier at night with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Uluru, get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path, and take in the dramatic natural features at Walpa Gorge.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time, which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. In December, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, thendiscover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then look for gifts at With Sugar. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Horses in Port, thenexplore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 0.5 hours. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Douglas, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Palm Cove Beach about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and have some family-friendly fun at Cairns Kart Hire Track.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip builder website.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. December in Cairns sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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