15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  18​h
1
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 21st (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ned's Beach.

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San Francisco, USA to Lord Howe Island is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Lord Howe Island, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach

4
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Camp Cove. There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coogee Beach, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney day trip planning tool .

Fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Coogee Beach ©
Coogee Beach

3
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, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, and learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Melbourne tour planning website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sydney in December since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Museums, #Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Scarborough Beach, then stroll through Cottesloe Beach, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Perth vacation maker .

Getting from Melbourne to Perth by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Perth due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Melbourne, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Perth, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Perth

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Cottesloe Beach, Scarborough Beach
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Scarborough Beach ©
Scarborough Beach

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 31st (Mon): get your game on at Cairns Kart Hire Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Cairns takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Cairns. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Cairns when traveling from Perth in December, with lows around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Cairns Kart Hire Track
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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