16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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Melbourne
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Sydney
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Cairns
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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.
Appreciate the collections at Melbourne Museum and Federation Square. Do your shopping at Melbourne Central and Australian Print Workshop. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Panorama Garden Estate (in Boneo), The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Koala Conservation Centre (in Cowes). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and take in the exciting artwork at Craft Victoria.

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New Delhi, India to Melbourne is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 4.5 hours traveling from New Delhi to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from New Delhi in December since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Outdoors · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

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Sydney

— 5 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.
Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Bondi to Coogee Walk. Head to Sydney Fish Market and Queen Victoria Buildingfor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, admire the masterpieces at Brett Whiteley Studio, take a stroll through The Rocks, and take an in-depth tour of Hyde Park Barracks.

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Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in December since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

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Cairns

— 4 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.
Let the collections at Ngarru Gallery and Village Gallery capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Underart Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Port Douglas (Safaris & Four Mile Beach) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, make a trip to Captain Cook Highway Rock Stacks, stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, and browse the exhibits of Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns.

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Traveling by flight from Sydney to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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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 (Sat), view the masterpieces at Aspects of Kings Park, get engrossed in the history at Fremantle Prison, then hunt for treasures at Fremantle Markets, and finally kick back and relax at Cottesloe Beach.

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Traveling by flight from Cairns to Perth takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cairns to Perth. Traveling from Cairns in January, Perth is a bit cooler at night with lows of 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Perth

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

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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.