15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Amritsar
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
5
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Amritsar

2
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: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne road trip website .

Amritsar, India to Melbourne is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amritsar to Melbourne is 4 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Amritsar in January: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 32°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and finally ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Canberra online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Canberra, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

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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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner.

You can drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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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 15th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane online journey planner .

Fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games 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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas tour itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Brisbane to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns vacation maker tool .

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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