15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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Fly
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Darwin
— 2 nights
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
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Gold Coast
— 2 nights
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Canberra
— 1 night
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Hobart
— 3 nights
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Darwin

Outback Capital of the Northern Territory

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): learn about all things military at Darwin Aviation Museum, see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience, then don't miss a visit to Parliament House, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Darwin road trip planner.

Sydney to Darwin is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) is minus 0.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in May: high temperatures in Darwin hover around 38°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef and then identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Darwin to Port Douglas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin to Port Douglas, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Darwin in May, you will find days in Port Douglas are little chillier (32°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Spas

Side Trip

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Cairns

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 12th (Wed): kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then identify plant and animal life at Birdworld Kuranda, and finally admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. May in Cairns sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

2
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Airlie Beach

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Conway National Park, then take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway, and then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Tours and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cairns in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

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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.
On the 16th (Sun), buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Centre, kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Burleigh Head National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Natural Bridge.

For ratings and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip builder app.

Fly from Airlie Beach to Gold Coast in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Airlie Beach in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Gold Coast. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

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Canberra

The Bush Capital

A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): have fun and explore at Old Parliament House, admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Canberra holiday maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Canberra takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Gold Coast in May, you will find days in Canberra are a bit cooler (19°C), and nights are much colder (2°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums · Childrens Museums · Spas

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Hobart

Tasmania's Capital City

Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Visit Hobart Convict Penitentiary and Constitution Dock for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum and Battery Point Sculpture Trail. When in Hobart, make a side trip to see Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton, approximately Brighton away. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Tasmania, engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, and admire the striking features of Richmond Gaol.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hobart online holiday builder.

Getting from Canberra to Hobart by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Hobart when traveling from Canberra in May, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

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.