16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Pune
Fly:  16​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
3
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
5
Broken Hill
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 45​min
6
Albany
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Pune

2
nights
Cairns

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.
Get outdoors at Mossman Gorge Centre and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Bring the kids along to Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda--about 36 minutes away.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary builder .

Pune, India to Cairns is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Pune to Cairns, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. In October in Cairns, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Mossman Gorge Centre, Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
On the 23rd (Wed), get great views at Anzac Hill, steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre and then examine the collection at Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Alice Springs journey planning website .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Alice Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Cairns in October since evenings lows in Alice Springs dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): get a sense of history and politics at Parliament House of Victoria, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Cathedral, then have fun and explore at Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Paul's Cathedral. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, then wander the streets of Degraves Street, and then identify plant and animal life at St Kilda beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip maker .

You can fly from Alice Springs to Melbourne in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Alice Springs in October, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Blue Mountains and The Gap Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Manly Scenic Walkway and Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Shelly Beach in Manly--about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Cathedral, head outdoors with Adrenaline, and explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In October, Sydney is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Broken Hill.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Blue Mountains
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Manly Scenic Walkway ©
Manly Scenic Walkway
Dolphin & Whale Watching
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral

1
night
Broken Hill

Broken Hill ©
Visit Broken Hill to tour the mines and stay for the authentic feel of an outback settlement.
On the 30th (Wed), examine the collection at Silverton School and Educational Museum, then explore the world behind art at Pro Hart Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at The Broken Hill Sculptures & Living Desert Sanctuary, and finally examine the collection at Royal Flying Doctor Service, The Bruce Langford Visitors Centre.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Broken Hill trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Broken Hill takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Sydney in October since evenings lows in Broken Hill dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Albany.

Things to do in Broken Hill

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Silverton School and Educational Museum
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 30:
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Pro Hart Gallery ©
Pro Hart Gallery
Silverton School and Educational Museum ©

4
nights
Albany

Albany ©
Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Greens Pool and Little Beach. Get in touch with nature at Middleton Beach and The Gap and Natural Bridge. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at National Anzac Centre, make a trip to Albany Wind Farm, and get engrossed in the history at Albany's Historic Whaling Station.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Albany travel route planner .

You can fly from Broken Hill to Albany in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Broken Hill to Albany is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Broken Hill in October; daily highs in Albany reach 23°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Greens Pool
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 3:
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Albany's Historic Whaling Station ©
Albany's Historic Whaling Station
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Little Beach ©
Little Beach

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