16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h
1
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Brisbane

1
night
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip builder tool .

Brisbane to Airlie Beach is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Airlie Beach, with lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Airlie Beach in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay May 2 — 4:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Spend the 6th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Opal Reef, look for gifts at With Sugar, and take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas attractions planning app .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. May in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay May 4 — 7:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Uluru and Uluru Hiking Path. Get outdoors at Kata Tjuta and Kuniya Walk. There's much more to do: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and go for a walk through Field of Light.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Port Douglas in May, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 28°C and lows at 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Shrine of Remembrance and National Gallery of Victoria. Get in touch with nature at Royal Botanic Gardens and Melbourne Zoo. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. In May, Melbourne is slightly colder than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Rocks and Art Gallery of New South Wales. There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney route planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in May, with highs in Sydney at 24°C and lows at 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay May 13 — 16:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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