15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Queenstown
Fly:  6​h
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h 30​min
5
Perth
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 45​min
6
Canberra
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Queenstown

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, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip maker site .

Queenstown, New Zealand to Melbourne is an approximately 6-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In October, daytime highs in Melbourne are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and finally don't miss a visit to Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Melbourne in October, plan for warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 38°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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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 20th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.

To see more things to do and tourist information, read Cairns trip builder website .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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 22nd (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 23rd (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, play a few rounds at Port Douglas Golf Tours, stop by With Sugar, and stroll through Four Mile Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas online road trip planner .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

1
day
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 25th (Thu), steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, then contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, then have fun at City Summit Indoor Rock Climbing, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Perth itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Perth takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Port Douglas to Perth due to the time zone difference. In October, Perth is slightly colder than Port Douglas - with highs of 28°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trip

City Summit Indoor Rock Climbing
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

1
day
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 26th (Fri), get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia, then make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout, then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Floriade.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Canberra vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Perth to Canberra takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Perth to Canberra, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Canberra, with lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Wildlife Parks Museums
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
Mount Ainslie Lookout ©
Mount Ainslie Lookout

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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, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, pause for some photo ops at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney travel planner .

Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Canberra in October since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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