15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Bicheno
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Hobart
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
7
Gold Coast
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Wellington

2
nights
Bicheno

Bicheno is a town on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia, 185 km north-east of Hobart on the Tasman Highway, with a population of 853. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Honeymoon Bay.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Bicheno trip itinerary tool .

Wellington, New Zealand to Bicheno is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Wellington to Bicheno. Traveling from Wellington in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Bicheno, with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Bicheno

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Honeymoon Bay
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
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East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld

2
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
On the 3rd (Wed), engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, then take a leisurely stroll along Constitution Dock, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Battery Point Sculpture Trail. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Cascade Brewery, then admire the masterpieces at Lady Franklin Gallery, and finally wander the streets of North Hobart.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hobart trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Bicheno to Hobart in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
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Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery ©
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

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 5th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St Paul's Cathedral, then get the lay of the land with Royal Botanic Gardens, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88. On the next day, steep yourself in history at St. Patrick's Cathedral, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and then get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip maker .

You can fly from Hobart to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in July, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

2
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia, get engrossed in the history at South Australian Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cleland Wildlife Park, and finally do a tasting at Barratt Wines. Here are some ideas for day two: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Adelaide day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Adelaide takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in July, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Adelaide

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trips

Cleland Wildlife Park, Barratt Wines
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Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Art Gallery of South Australia ©
Art Gallery of South Australia
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum

1
night
Cairns

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 9th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Birdworld Kuranda, then identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, and finally view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Adelaide in July; daily highs in Cairns reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Kuranda, Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
On the 11th (Thu), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip planner .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
day
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip itinerary builder tool .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Gold Coast in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in July, expect Gold Coast to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, then trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then see a show at Sydney Opera House, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and then take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planning app .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. July in Sydney sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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