16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly + Shuttle:  16 h 30 min
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6 h
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  21 h 45 min
End: Chennai

2
nights
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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, head outdoors with Horses in Port, stop by With Sugar, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas tour planning website.

Chennai, India to Port Douglas is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Chennai to Port Douglas, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Port Douglas is a bit cooler than Chennai - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River, and then take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

For reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Brisbane takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Port Douglas in May, with highs in Brisbane at 27°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The Brisbane River ©
The Brisbane River
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens

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.
Gold Coast is known for theme parks, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park, cool off at Dreamworld, find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, and kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Gold Coast trip planner.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Beaches
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, then stroll through Bondi Beach, then trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of The Rocks, then see a show at Sydney Opera House, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and finally experience the excitement of Virtual Room Sydney - Virtual Reality Sydney Adventure.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sydney road trip planning site.

Getting from Gold Coast to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Sydney are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. On the 11th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

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nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): get your game on at Viri VR and then take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in May, with highs in Melbourne at 20°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
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Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Eureka Skydeck ©
Eureka Skydeck
Fitzroy Gardens ©
Fitzroy Gardens

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally trek along Kuniya Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and then explore the striking landscape at Walpa Gorge.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in May: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Find places to stay May 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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