15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  25​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Philadelphia

3
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Rex Lookout (in Wangetti), Port Douglas (Four Mile Beach & Safaris) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip builder tool .

Philadelphia, USA to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. In December, Cairns is warmer than Philadelphia - with highs of 88°F and lows of 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Rex Lookout
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Uluru, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and then appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, and then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: 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 a bit warmer, around 97°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
On the 26th (Thu), walk around Roma Street Parkland and then walk around South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, explore and take pictures at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and then don't miss a visit to Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane travel route planner .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Brisbane by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, plan for little chillier days in Brisbane, with highs around 82°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

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.
On the 28th (Sat), get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Climb, then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck, and finally find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction. On the next day, meet the residents at Sea World Theme Park.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
SkyPoint Observation Deck ©
SkyPoint Observation Deck

3
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, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, take a stroll through The Rocks, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner .

Getting from Gold Coast to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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