15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  18​h
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 30​min
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

1
day
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 21st (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island route planning tool .

San Francisco, USA to Lord Howe Island is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Lord Howe Standard Time, which is usually a 18 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach

1
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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 22nd (Sat): meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and then stop by Coffee Works.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas road trip tool .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Lord Howe Island to Port Douglas in 7.5 hours. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Coffee Works ©
Coffee Works

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in December, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

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Palm Cove
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
day
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 26th (Wed): trek along Kuniya Walk, then explore and take pictures at Uluru, and then hike along Uluru Hiking Path.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park attractions planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Cairns in December, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 70°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 97°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

2
days
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 28th (Fri): meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and then get interesting insight from Melbourne Boat Hire. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, then brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

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You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, with highs in Melbourne at 78°F and lows at 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

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

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Coogee Beach. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sydney travel planning website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, Sydney is a bit warmer at night with lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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