15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
5
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Philadelphia

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then walk around South Bank Parklands. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane online driving holiday planner .

Philadelphia, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 15 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Philadelphia in December, with highs in Brisbane at 82°F and lows at 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney journey planner .

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

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

3
nights
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, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, browse the collection at State Library Victoria, and make a trip to Flinders Street Station.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip planner .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 54°F in Melbourne. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, then get great views at Uluru, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and finally get outside with Walpa Gorge. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Uluru, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and then get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park journey planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in December; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 97°F and lows reach 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): stop by With Sugar, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip maker tool .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, you will find days in Port Douglas are little chillier (88°F), and nights are about the same (73°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

2
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.
On the 15th (Tue), take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip builder website .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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