15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

San Francisco
Fly:  16​h 45​min
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
Townsville
— Few hours
Fly:  2​h
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 45​min
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
Apollo Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Port Campbell
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h
San Francisco

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bouddi National Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sydney Fish Market and Haigh's Chocolates Strand Arcade. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, wander the streets of The Rocks, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney itinerary maker app .

San Francisco, USA to Sydney is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 18 hour difference. In May, daytime highs in Sydney are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

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Bouddi National Park
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Sydney Fish Market ©
Sydney Fish Market
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Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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hours
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 16th (Wed), head off the coast to Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium and then kick back and relax at The Strand.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Townsville trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Townsville takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in May; daily highs in Townsville reach 82°F and lows reach 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

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#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Michaelmas Cay.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip planner.

You can fly from Townsville to Cairns in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in May, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Adventure

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Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay

2
days
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 18th (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas and then kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas planning website .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in May, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

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#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Sunday Market Port Douglas ©
Sunday Market Port Douglas

1
day
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): head outdoors with Jetryder and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay and other tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island day trip website .

Getting from Port Douglas to Hamilton Island by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and ferry. While traveling from Port Douglas, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hamilton Island, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 69°F. On the 21st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Apollo Bay.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
day
Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. On the 22nd (Tue), tee off at Apollo Bay Golf Club, stop by Bay of Apostles, and then take a peaceful walk through Mait's Rest.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Apollo Bay online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Hamilton Island to Apollo Bay by combination of flight and bus takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

#Outdoors, #Golf, #Parks
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Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest
Apollo Bay Golf Club ©
Apollo Bay Golf Club
Bay of Apostles ©
Bay of Apostles

1
day
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. On the 23rd (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Childer's Cove, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Martyrs, then head outdoors with The Arch, and finally admire all the interesting features of Loch Ard Gorge.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Port Campbell trip planning tool .

You can drive from Apollo Bay to Port Campbell in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Port Campbell

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Bay of Martyrs, Childer's Cove
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Bay of Martyrs ©
Bay of Martyrs
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
The Arch ©
The Arch

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): look for gifts at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, take in the awesome beauty at Dandenong Ranges National Park, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Kilda Beach, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and then wander the streets of Melbourne Central.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Melbourne tour planning site .

Getting from Port Campbell to Melbourne by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May, daytime highs in Melbourne are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Shopping

Side Trips

Dandenong Ranges National Park, Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, St. Kilda Beach
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Dandenong Ranges National Park ©
Dandenong Ranges National Park
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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