15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh
Fly:  26​h
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  27​h
End: Edinburgh

1
night
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 9th (Tue), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, then explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns road trip planner.

Edinburgh, UK to Cairns is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 10 hours. In April, Cairns is much hotter than Edinburgh - with highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

2
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park and then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Cairns to Gold Coast by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in April, things will get slightly colder in Gold Coast: highs are around 30°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach

5
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.
Spend the 17th (Wed) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

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You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from Gold Coast, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Nielsen Park
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 20th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip builder app .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in April, things will get slightly colder in Melbourne: highs are around 23°C and lows about 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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