15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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Cairns
— 1 night
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
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Melbourne
— 3 nights
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Sydney
— 4 nights

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Cairns

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): stroll through Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns route planning app.

Sydney to Cairns is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in September; daily highs in Cairns reach 33°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Port Douglas

— 2 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.
On the 24th (Fri), indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For reviews and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip site.

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Baths

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Uluru, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, explore the striking landscape at Walpa Gorge, and take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga.

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Traveling by flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is minus 0.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park when traveling from Port Douglas in September, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can fly to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Melbourne

— 3 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.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Melbourne road trip site.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in September, you will find days in Melbourne are colder (20°C), and nights are slightly colder (7°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sydney online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in October: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
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.