15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Broome
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
6
Margaret River
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  26​h
End: London

1
night
Broome

Broome ©
A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
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London, UK to Broome is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Broome is 8 hours. Traveling from London in May, you will find days in Broome are much warmer (38°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (22°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Broome

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach
Gantheaume Point ©
Gantheaume Point
Broome Historical Museum ©
Broome Historical Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): listen to music at Sydney Opera House, then stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, and then wander the streets of The Rocks.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sydney visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Broome to Sydney takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 2 hours. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Broome in May: highs in Sydney hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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 19th (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

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Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Sydney to Port Douglas in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in May, with highs in Port Douglas at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour and then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns day trip planning website .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. May in Cairns sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Helicopter Tours

2
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Emily Gap, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, then steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and then identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Reptile Centre.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Alice Springs trip planner .

Getting from Cairns to Alice Springs by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cairns in May, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Alice Springs: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Anzac Hill ©
Anzac Hill

2
nights
Margaret River

A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and Food Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Augusta (Jewel Cave & Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Lake Cave, do a tasting at McLeod Creek Wines, and cruise along Caves Road.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Margaret River trip itinerary builder tool .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Alice Springs to Margaret River in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Boranup, Augusta, McLeod Creek Wines
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Food Tours
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Jewel Cave ©
Jewel Cave

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