15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  25​h
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 15​min
4
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
5
Lord Howe Island
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Philadelphia

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 3rd (Mon): take a memorable tour with Tours. On the next day, experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns itinerary planning tool .

Philadelphia, USA to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train 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. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Philadelphia in December, with highs in Cairns at 88°F and lows at 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Adventure

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 4:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, then take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then hike along Kuniya Walk, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online trip planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Cairns in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 97°F by day to 70°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 6:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
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 7th (Fri): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, then contemplate the long history of Shrine of Remembrance, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

For ratings and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, with highs in Melbourne at 78°F and lows at 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Museums, #Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:
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National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Indian Head.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Fraser Island road trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Melbourne to Fraser Island takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In December, Fraser Island is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 85°F and lows of 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 10:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

few
hours
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): stroll through Lagoon Beach, see the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lord Howe Island travel planner.

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Lord Howe Island takes 9.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 11:
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Museum ©
Lord Howe Island Museum

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.
Get some cultural insight at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Camp Cove.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sydney online travel route builder .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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