15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Edinburgh
Fly:  26​h
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Melbourne
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  26​h
Edinburgh

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.
On the 6th (Tue), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, then stroll through Palm Cove Beach, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cairns day trip planner .

Edinburgh, UK to Cairns is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 10 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Edinburgh in March: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
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Palm Cove Beach

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 9th (Fri), kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach and then stroll through Ned's Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Lord Howe Island takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Shelly Beach in Manly--about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, kick back and relax at Camp Cove, and stroll through Freshwater Beach.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. March in Sydney sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

3
days
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at St. Kilda Beach and Half Moon Bay. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, kick back and relax at Sandridge Beach, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Melbourne road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in March, plan for little chillier nights in Melbourne, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
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St. Kilda Beach
Sandridge Beach ©
Sandridge Beach

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