15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
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Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly
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Gold Coast
— 3 nights
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Sydney
— 4 nights

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Melbourne

— 2 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.
When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee, approximately Werribee away. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne travel route planner.

Sydney to Melbourne is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in May, things will get a bit cooler in Melbourne: highs are around 20°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Port Douglas

— 3 nights
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: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Opal Reef, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio, and get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout.

For traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas itinerary planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Port Douglas in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Melbourne in May, expect nights in Port Douglas to be much hotter, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Cairns

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the next day, observe the fascinating underwater world at Cairns Aquarium, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

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Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Cairns are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Gold Coast

— 3 nights
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.
Spend the 9th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, get a new perspective on things with Gold Coast Canal Cruises, and test your problem-solving skills at Padlockd Escape Rooms.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Gold Coast takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, Gold Coast is slightly colder than Cairns - with highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Sydney

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Wentworth Falls Lookout (in Wentworth Falls), The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner.

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. May in Sydney sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.