16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  29​h
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Yarra Glen
— Few hours
+3
bus + train + bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Whitsunday Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Palm Cove
— 3 nights
bus:  30​min
5
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: London

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visiting Lake Daylesford and Brighton Beach will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at National Gallery of Victoria and Shrine of Remembrance. Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to The Amazing Mill Markets in Daylesford, about 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building, and make a trip to Flinders Street Station.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Melbourne vacation trip planner.

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 29-hour flight. Traveling from London to Melbourne, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from London in July: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 15°C and lows are around 6°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Sat) before leaving for Yarra Glen.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Daylesford, Brighton Beach
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Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Lake Daylesford ©
Lake Daylesford

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hours
Yarra Glen

Yarra Glen ©
Yarra Glen is a town in Victoria, Australia, 40 km north-east from Melbourne's central business district. To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Yarra Glen travel planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Yarra Glen by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in July, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Yarra Glen

Shopping Museums

Side Trip

TarraWarra Museum of Art
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TarraWarra Museum of Art ©
TarraWarra Museum of Art

2
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Whitsunday Island trip builder.

Explore your travel options from Yarra Glen to Whitsunday Island with the Route module. When traveling from Yarra Glen in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Whitsunday Island: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 20°C at night. You will leave for Palm Cove on the 10th (Mon).

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

3
nights
Palm Cove

Palm Cove ©
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Venture Deeper and Kuranda Candy Kitchen. Peter Jarver Gallery and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Palm Cove sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Whitsunday Island to Palm Cove. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Whitsunday Island in July: highs in Palm Cove hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Palm Cove

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuranda, Mossman, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre

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nights
Cairns

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Crystal Caves and Cairns Regional Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Esplanade Boardwalk and Trail Bike Adventures. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Jaques Coffee Plantation in Mareeba--about 1 hour away. Spend the 15th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Monica's Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia, explore the gorgeous colors at Reef Magic Cruises, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Rusty's Market.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns travel itinerary planner.

Cairns is just a short distance from Palm Cove. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

The Crystal Caves, Jaques Coffee Plantation
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St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral
Scuba & Snorkeling
The Crystal Caves ©
The Crystal Caves

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