15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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Melbourne
— 5 nights
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Sydney
— 4 nights
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Gold Coast
— 2 nights
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Cairns
— 3 nights
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Melbourne — 5 nights

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, about 1h 35 min away. Dedicate the 10th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, stroll through Royal Exhibition Building, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Melbourne. In August, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can fly to Sydney.
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Sydney — 4 nights

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, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Walk, and kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, Sydney is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Gold Coast.
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Gold Coast — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): try out the rides at Sea World Theme Park. On your second day here, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, then get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, and then experience the excitement of Infinity Attraction.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast online itinerary planner.

Fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Cairns.
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Cairns — 3 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 19th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Cairns takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Gold Coast in August, with highs in Cairns at 31°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
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Australia travel guide

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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.
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