15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  29​h
1
Townsville
— Few hours
bus:  3​h 45​min
2
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Bondi
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
4
Blackheath
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Kings Canyon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Alice Springs
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h
9
Kuranda
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  23​h 30​min
End: New York City

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Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): head off the coast to Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand, and then take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Townsville road trip site .

New York City, USA to Townsville is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

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Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): stop by Grotty Yachty Clothing, stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach journey planning site .

Traveling by bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Townsville in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Airlie Beach, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bondi.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing

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Bondi

Bondi ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarama Beach and then kick back and relax at Bronte Beach.

You can plan Bondi trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Explore your travel options from Airlie Beach to Bondi with the Route module. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Airlie Beach in September; daily highs in Bondi reach 71°F and lows reach 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Blackheath.

Things to do in Bondi

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Bronte Beach
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 28:
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Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Tamarama Beach ©
Tamarama Beach

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Blackheath

Blackheath ©
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
On the 29th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, and finally get great views at Govetts Leap.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Blackheath itinerary builder website .

Getting from Bondi to Blackheath by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Bondi in September, Blackheath is little chillier at night with lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Blackheath

#Parks, #Trails, #Outdoors

Side Trips

The National Pass, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Wentworth Falls
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Govetts Leap ©
Govetts Leap

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, then admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, and then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip maker .

You can drive from Blackheath to Sydney in 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Blackheath in September since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

#Neighborhoods, #Historic Sites, #Parks
Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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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 1st (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, then get a taste of the local shopping with Walkatjara Art, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in September: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Kings Canyon.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Trails
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 1:
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Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): make a trip to Kings Creek Station and then take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kings Canyon vacation planner.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Kings Canyon by car takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Kings Canyon

#Historic Sites, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Kings Canyon Walk
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Kings Creek Station ©
Kings Creek Station
Kings Canyon Walk ©
Kings Canyon Walk

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Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen, then identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs trip app .

Drive from Kings Canyon to Alice Springs in 6 hours. In October in Alice Springs, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Kuranda.

Things to do in Alice Springs

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 3:
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Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen

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Kuranda

Kuranda ©
Kuranda is a town and locality on the Atherton Tableland in the Shire of Mareeba, Far North Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then identify plant and animal life at Birdworld Kuranda, then get a new perspective on nature at Emu Ridge Gallery, and finally kick back and relax at Trinity Beach.

Start your trip to Kuranda by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Alice Springs to Kuranda takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Alice Springs, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Kuranda, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Kuranda

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Beaches

Side Trip

Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 4:
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda

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Port Douglas

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.
On the 5th (Fri), look for gifts at With Sugar, then explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Kuranda to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and shuttle. In October, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge
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Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Palm Cove Beach and St Monica's Cathedral. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cairns road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 8:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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