15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  23​h 30​min
Cairns
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Mossman
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 45​min
Hobart
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  22​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, then take in the exciting artwork at Underart Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Doongal Aboriginal Art, and finally view the masterpieces at Michael Seebeck Gallery.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns route tool .

New York City, USA to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 15 hours. Traveling from New York City in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Cairns, with lows of 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Mossman.

Things to do in Cairns

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Adventure

Side Trip

The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum
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Scuba & Snorkeling
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

1
night
Mossman

Mossman is a town and a locality in Far North Queensland, Australia, on the Mossman River. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Mossman attractions planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Mossman in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Mossman are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Mossman

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Adventure

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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1
night
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
On the 25th (Sat), hike along Kuniya Walk, take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally stroll through Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and finally head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Mossman to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park with the Route module. When traveling from Mossman in August, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trip

Helicopter Tours
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

1
night
Hobart

Hobart ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): buy something for everyone on your list at Cat and Fiddle Arcade, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, then examine the collection at Mona, and finally contemplate the long history of Hobart Convict Penitentiary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, step off the mainland to explore Macquarie Island, then explore the world behind art at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and finally steep yourself in history at Battery Point.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hobart itinerary planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Hobart in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August: highs in Hobart hover around 56°F, while lows dip to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hobart

#Museums, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Macquarie Island, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Mona
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Mona ©
Mona
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Macquarie Island ©
Macquarie Island

4
nights
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.
Let the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Brett Whiteley Studio, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, take an in-depth tour of The Rocks Discovery Museum, and examine the collection at Hyde Park Barracks Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sydney trip planner .

Fly from Hobart to Sydney in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hobart in August; daily highs in Sydney reach 66°F and lows reach 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

#Museums, #Neighborhoods, #Outdoors
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Australian National Maritime Museum ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and then take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Museums, #Wildlife
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre

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