15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 15​min
3
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
6
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and then have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Melbourne vacation maker website .

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) is 10 hours. When traveling from London in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in October; daily highs in Sydney reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Sydney

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

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Fraser Island vacation planner .

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Sydney to Fraser Island in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. In October in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

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.
On the 2nd (Sat), have some family-friendly fun at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz and then stroll around South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then get your game on at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Brisbane driving holiday planning app .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Brisbane takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
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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
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 4th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitehaven Beach and then explore the activities along Hill Inlet.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Whitsunday Island travel planner .

Fly from Brisbane to Whitsunday Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Brisbane in November, expect nights in Whitsunday Island to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

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 5th (Tue): stop by With Sugar, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout, and finally take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas attractions planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Whitsunday Island to Port Douglas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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 6th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Village Gallery and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cairns online driving holiday planner .

Take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In November in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Village Gallery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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