15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Maleny
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Noosa
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Sydney


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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, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Sydney. In January, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

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

4
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, browse the exhibits of Shrine of Remembrance, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and tour the water at your own pace with Melbourne Boat Hire.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our 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 January, Melbourne is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph, explore the world behind art at KickArts Contemporary Arts, then have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, then take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, and finally trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Cairns by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in January: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

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

1
night
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 22nd (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

Before you visit Brisbane, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cairns in January: highs in Brisbane hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Maleny.

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
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): trek along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, then take some stellar pictures from Gerrards Lookout, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kondalilla Falls, and finally view the masterpieces at Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Maleny holiday maker app .

You can drive from Brisbane to Maleny in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Maleny can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Maleny

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trip

Montville
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Kondalilla Falls ©
Kondalilla Falls
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Gerrards Lookout ©
Gerrards Lookout

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nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park and then take some stellar pictures from Lows Lookout. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by The Real McCaul and then explore the activities along Noosa River.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Noosa online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Maleny to Noosa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Lows Lookout, The Real McCaul
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa River ©
Noosa River
The Real McCaul ©
The Real McCaul

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