15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  23​h
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Manchester

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Munro Martin Parklands. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip site .

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in August, with highs in Cairns at 31°C and lows at 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

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Palm Cove Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Coffee Works, then enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and finally trek along Kuniya Walk. On the next day, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in August, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be cooler, around 6°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Uluru ©
Uluru
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge

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 18th (Sun): stroll through Melbourne Zoo, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne day trip app .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days in Melbourne, with highs around 16°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
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Melbourne Museum
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Old Melbourne Gaol

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Bondi Beach and Chinese Garden of Friendship. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, pause for some photo ops at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Sydney journey maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in August, with highs in Sydney at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

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