15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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Sydney
— 4 nights
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Melbourne
— 2 nights
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Kangaroo Island
— 1 night
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
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Cairns
— 2 nights
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Townsville
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Sydney

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.
Head to Sydney Fish Market and Brett Whiteley Studiofor plenty of shopping. Step out of the city life by going to Bondi to Coogee Walk and Clovelly Beach. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, take an in-depth tour of Hyde Park Barracks, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and admire the landmark architecture of Queen Victoria Building.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sydney visit planner.

Kahului, USA to Sydney is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 20 hours traveling from Kahului to Sydney due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

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Melbourne

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): browse the different shops at Melbourne Central, then see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and then take a stroll around Federation Square. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, then admire the masterpieces at Buxton Contemporary, then pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, and finally stop by The Junk Company.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Melbourne, with lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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Kangaroo Island

Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Flinders Chase National Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Stokes Beach.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kangaroo Island vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Visit Thornton Beach and Myall Beach for some beach relaxation. Go for a jaunt from Port Douglas to Diwan to see Daintree Entomological museum about 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, stop by With Sugar, and see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kangaroo Island to Port Douglas takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Kangaroo Island to Port Douglas due to the time zone difference. In January, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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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 10th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Underart Gallery, then look for gifts at OK Gift Shop, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns route planner.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 75°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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Townsville

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Townsville trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Townsville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Townsville are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums

Australia travel guide

4.6
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.

Queensland travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Wildlife Areas
Located in the northeast of Australia, Queensland boasts a rich history, efficient cities, picturesque coastline, and lush interior rainforest. Tourism in Queensland tends to revolve around the Sunshine State's countless beaches and coastal enclaves, which engender a laid-back, easygoing way of life. Named after Queen Victoria, the state was first settled by Europeans in the 17th century, but the area is believed to have served as home to the country's Aboriginal population as far back as 60,000 years.