16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New Orleans
Drive + 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
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + 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, trails, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sydney holiday maker site .

New Orleans, USA to Sydney is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 16 hour difference. When traveling from New Orleans in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 28:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

3
nights
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, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne travel planner .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in March, Melbourne is a bit cooler at night with lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Museums
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 31:
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
On the 1st (Wed), appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds and then explore and take pictures at Uluru. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Field of Light, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally hike along Kuniya Walk.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in March, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 95°F and lows at 70°F. Finish 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns road trip planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Cairns, with lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Spas
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then look for gifts at With Sugar. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas route planner .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In April, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows 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:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): walk around Roma Street Parkland and then stroll around South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Brisbane tour itinerary website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Brisbane in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in April, things will get a bit cooler in Brisbane: highs are around 78°F and lows about 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to 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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