15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Minneapolis
Fly:  22​h 45​min
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h
Minneapolis

4
days
Sydney

Sydney ©
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, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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Minneapolis, USA to Sydney is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 16 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Minneapolis in January; daily highs in Sydney reach 82°F and lows reach 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

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#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
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Sydney Harbour Bridge

3
days
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
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, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

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You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, Melbourne is little chillier at night with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Cairns.

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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

3
days
Cairns

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: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 21st (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk and take in the exciting artwork at Michael Seebeck Gallery.

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You can fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 89°F and lows about 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

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Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

2
days
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

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Fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Cairns in January, plan for slightly colder days in Brisbane, with highs around 84°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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