15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  37​h
1
Darwin
— 1 day
Fly:  29​h
2
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
3
Adelaide
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Rio de Janeiro

1
day
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): get interesting insight from Tours.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Darwin online vacation planner .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Darwin is an approximately 37-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 12 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Darwin. In December in Darwin, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip website .

Getting from Darwin to Cairns by car takes about 29 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Migration Museum, get engrossed in the history at South Australian Museum, then explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Adelaide Botanic Garden.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Adelaide trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Cairns to Adelaide in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in December: high temperatures in Adelaide hover around 30°C and lows are around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

Museums Parks
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South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Migration Museum
Migration Museum
Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, choose your vessel at Melbourne Boat Hire, and make a trip to Flinders Street Station.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, stroll through Bondi Beach, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and kick back and relax at Coogee Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Sydney road trip planning site .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, Sydney is a bit warmer at night with lows of 21°C. On the 26th (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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