16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  16​h 45​min
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Travel:  3​h
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 45​min
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Los Angeles

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.
Get outdoors at Trinity Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Attractions like Palm Cove Beach and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Cairns is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 18 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Cairns. In June, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 13th (Thu), explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Whitsunday Island visit planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Whitsunday Island in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 56°F in Whitsunday Island. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

1
night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 14th (Fri), play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then kick back and relax at Catseye Beach.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island online route planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Whitsunday Island to Hamilton Island. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in June, Hamilton Island is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

4
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Visiting Agincourt Reef and Mossman Gorge will get you outdoors. Kids will enjoy Daintree Discovery Centre and Cow Bay Beach. Spend the 17th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, stop by Whileaway, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and head outdoors with Horses in Port.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas travel site .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Hamilton Island to Port Douglas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Hamilton Island in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Port Douglas: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Mossman Gorge
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then trek along Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, hike along Kuniya Walk, identify plant and animal life at Red Desert Reptiles, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park itinerary builder .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Port Douglas in June, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Yulara
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Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

2
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.
Kids will enjoy Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Get outdoors at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, pause for some photo ops at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, make a trip to Sydney Opera House, and hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sydney, with lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Balmoral Beach, Mosman
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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