16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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Start: New Orleans
Fly:  22 h 15 min
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
6
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  21 h 15 min
End: New Orleans

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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, go for a walk through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney online travel planner.

New Orleans, USA to Sydney is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New Orleans to Sydney is 16 hours. When traveling from New Orleans in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sydney, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough 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
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and make a trip to Flinders Street Station.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Melbourne day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Sydney in March, with lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds and then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. Keep things going the next day: take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sightseeing site.

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in March; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 95°F and lows reach 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 2:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

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.
On the 3rd (Fri), trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then explore and take pictures at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk. On the next day, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Cairns when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in April, with lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Spas, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then look for gifts at With Sugar. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 6:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
On the 7th (Tue), stroll around Roma Street Parkland and then walk around South Bank Parklands. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha and then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Port Douglas to Brisbane by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, Brisbane is a bit cooler than Port Douglas - with highs of 78°F and lows of 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

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