15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Chicago
+2
Fly + foot + train:  23​h 15​min
1
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Chicago

2
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Burleigh Head National Park and Burleigh Heads Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Kirra Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Cape Byron Walking Track in Byron Bay (about 1h 25 min away). It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach and get some fabulous bargains at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip app .

Chicago, USA to Gold Coast is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Chicago to Gold Coast due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in January; daily highs in Gold Coast reach 83°F and lows reach 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Byron Bay
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Kayaking & Canoeing. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Manly Scenic Walkway and St. Mary's Cathedral. Spend the 12th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and explore the striking landscape at The Gap Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney online road trip planner .

Getting from Gold Coast to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in January, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Manly Scenic Walkway ©
Manly Scenic Walkway
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
Visiting Russell Falls and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo and Food Tours. Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Battery Point Sculpture Trail, snap pictures at Richmond Bridge, examine the collection at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, and browse the exhibits of Richmond Gaol.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hobart road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Hobart takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sydney in January, with highs in Hobart at 73°F and lows at 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Richmond, Russell Falls, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
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Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Russell Falls ©
Russell Falls

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.
On the 17th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Gorge Wildlife Park, then identify plant and animal life at Cleland Wildlife Park, and then wander the streets of North Terrace. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Aldinga Beach.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Adelaide trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Hobart to Adelaide by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. In January, Adelaide is a bit warmer than Hobart - with highs of 84°F and lows of 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Aldinga Beach, Gorge Wildlife Park, Cleland Wildlife Park
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Gorge Wildlife Park ©
Gorge Wildlife Park
Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Aldinga Beach ©
Aldinga Beach

2
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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.
On the 19th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planning tool .

Getting from Adelaide to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Adelaide in January since evenings lows in Cairns dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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