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
— 1 night
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Philadelphia

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 15th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, then take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, and finally hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns online itinerary planner .

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. Traveling from Philadelphia in January, things will get much hotter in Cairns: highs are around 89°F and lows about 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

2
nights
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.
On the 17th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

1
night
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.
On the 19th (Sat), stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally admire all the interesting features of Uluru. On your second day here, get your bearings at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park travel planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in January, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 73°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 99°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

2
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, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, get lost in a book at State Library of Victoria, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and tour the water at your own pace with Melbourne Boat Hire.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 81°F and lows are around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

4
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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find out how to plan a trip to Sydney, use our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden

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