16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
6
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Sydney

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Hyde Park Barracks. Your inner history buff will appreciate Justice & Police Museum and St. Peter's Presbyterian Church. And it doesn't end there: hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, admire the masterpieces at White Rabbit Gallery, and view the masterpieces at Brett Whiteley Studio.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney visit planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Sydney. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 19th (Tue), explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then get curious at Questacon.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Canberra visit planner.

You can drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in May, things will get a bit cooler in Canberra: highs are around 19°C and lows about 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

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 Museum and National Gallery of Victoria are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia and ArtVo. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, examine the collection at Australian Sports Museum, and learn more about the world around you at The National Opal Collection.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Canberra in May since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia ©
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Uluru and Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga. Appreciate the collections at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Walkatjara Art. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, take in the dramatic natural features at Walpa Gorge, trek along Kuniya Walk, and stroll through Uluru Hiking Path.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip website.

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in May, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Village Gallery and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, take a memorable tour with Tours, and stroll through Trinity Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns road trip planner.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. In May, Cairns is a bit warmer than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

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.
On the 29th (Fri), explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then explore the galleries of Ngarru Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas itinerary builder app.

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In May, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef

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