16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 2 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:  23​h 30​min
End: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip builder .

Fort Lauderdale, USA to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Sydney is 15 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in October: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 76°F and lows are around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) 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
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

2
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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and then have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne vacation builder site .

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 October, expect Melbourne to be slightly colder, temps between 69°F and 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Zero Latency ©
Zero Latency
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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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 19th (Mon), head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then explore and take pictures at Uluru, and finally trek along Kuniya Walk. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and then admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in October, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be somewhat warmer, around 60°F, while days are much hotter, around 91°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

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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 21st (Wed), hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk. On the next day, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 69°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can catcht the bus 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
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Spas

2
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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 23rd (Fri): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stop by With Sugar. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas day trip planner.

Take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): walk around South Bank Parklands and then stroll around Roma Street Parkland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip builder .

Getting from Port Douglas to Brisbane by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in October, things will get a bit cooler in Brisbane: highs are around 77°F and lows about 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

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