15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  5​h
1
Kuranda
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Cooktown
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Mossman
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Atherton
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Sydney

1
night
Kuranda

Kuranda ©
Kuranda is a town and locality on the Atherton Tableland in the Shire of Mareeba, Far North Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and then take in the dramatic scenery at Barron Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Birdworld Kuranda, don't miss a visit to Honey House, then meet the residents at Kuranda Koala Gardens, and finally don't miss a visit to Henry Ross Lookout.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kuranda trip planner .

Sydney to Kuranda is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in July, with highs in Kuranda at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Kuranda

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Henry Ross Lookout
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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Henry Ross Lookout ©
Henry Ross Lookout
Barron Falls ©
Barron Falls

4
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.
Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove--about 32 minutes away. Spend the 25th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 27th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, enjoy some diversion at Muddy's Playground, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns online road trip planner .

Getting from Kuranda to Cairns by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July in Cairns, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
Spend the 29th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 31st (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

1
night
Cooktown

Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. On the 1st (Thu), take an in-depth tour of James Cook Museum, enjoy the sea views from Grassy Hill, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Black Mountain National Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cooktown journey planning site .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cooktown in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cooktown

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Black Mountain National Park
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Fishing Charters & Tours
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum
Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill

2
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Daintree National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get curious at Daintree Discovery Centre, trek along Dubuji Boardwalk, and then take in the pleasant sights at Marrdja Botanical Walk.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Cape Tribulation online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cooktown to Cape Tribulation takes 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Mossman.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Daintree Discovery Centre
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

2
nights
Mossman

Mossman ©
Mossman is a town and a locality in Far North Queensland, Australia, on the Mossman River. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Australian Muster Experience, then tee off at Mossman Golf Club, and then identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Miallo Japanese Bombing Site, identify plant and animal life at Daintree Mangroves Wildlife Sanctuary, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Mossman vacation builder app .

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Mossman by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August in Mossman, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Atherton.

Things to do in Mossman

Wildlife Parks Golf

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Miallo Japanese Bombing Site
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Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Mossman Golf Club ©
Mossman Golf Club

1
night
Atherton

Atherton ©
Atherton is a town and locality on the Atherton Tablelands within the Tablelands Region, Far North Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): make a trip to Lake Tinaroo, explore the galleries of Historic Village Herberton, and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Atherton day trip planning website .

You can drive from Mossman to Atherton in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Atherton

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Historic Village Herberton
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton

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