16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip planner
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Perth
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Melbourne
— 3 nights
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Sydney
— 4 nights
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Cairns
— 3 nights
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Perth — 4 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.
Dolphin & Whale Watching has been added to your itinerary. Attractions like Fremantle Prison and Kings Park and Botanic Garden make great kid-friendly stops. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Perth Mint and The Bell Tower. There's more to do: explore the activities along Swan River and make a trip to St Patrick's Basilica.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Perth online road trip planner.

Hong Kong, China to Perth is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Hong Kong in December, expect nights in Perth to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 35°C. You'll set off for Melbourne on the 21st (Wed).
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Melbourne — 3 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.
Get some historical perspective at Old Melbourne Gaol and Parliament House of Victoria. Museum-lovers will get to explore Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, stroll through St. Kilda Beach, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne day trip planner.

You can fly from Perth to Melbourne in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in December, things will get a bit cooler in Melbourne: highs are around 30°C and lows about 14°C. You'll set off for Sydney on the 24th (Sat).
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Taronga Zoo as well as Sydney Harbour Bridge. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sydney Opera House and Australian National Maritime Museum. Appreciate the collections at Hyde Park Barracks and Art Gallery of New South Wales. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Walk, explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sydney route planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Sydney. You will leave for Cairns on the 28th (Wed).
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Cairns — 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Passions of Paradise Reef Tour. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Samurai Gallery Australia and St Monica's Cathedral. It doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and observe the fascinating underwater world at Cairns Aquarium.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, Cairns is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Australia travel guide

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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.
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