16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
3
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, stop by Sydney Fish Market, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney travel planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Sydney. In July, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Beaches
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Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

2
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach and then get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast online driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. July in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

3
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, have some family-friendly fun at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip planner .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

3
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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Safaris) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Spend the 10th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip tool .

Fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in July, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, get lost in a book at State Library of Victoria, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Melbourne trip planning app .

You can fly from Cairns to Melbourne in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in July, things will get much colder in Melbourne: highs are around 15°C and lows about 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Zero Latency ©
Zero Latency
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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