16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip itinerary planner

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Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly
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Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly
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Perth
— 2 nights
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Cairns

— 2 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Spend the 23rd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, observe the fascinating underwater world at Cairns Aquarium, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

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Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from Manchester to Cairns, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in January, expect Cairns to be much hotter, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Port Douglas

— 2 nights
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 25th (Mon): explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. On your second day here, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then look for gifts at Coffee Works Port Douglas, and then relax and rejuvenate at The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Sydney

— 4 nights

The Harbour City

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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of The Rocks, stroll through Bondi Beach, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney tour itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Port Douglas to Sydney in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Port Douglas in January, with highs in Sydney at 32°C and lows at 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Melbourne

— 4 nights

Australia's Garden City

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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, get interesting insight from Tours, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Melbourne online trip builder.

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sydney in January since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Perth

— 2 nights

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 4th (Thu), steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, and then pause for some photo ops at State War Memorial.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Perth route planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Perth takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Western Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Perth: highs are around 38°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks · Historic Sites

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.