15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  23​h
1
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Princetown
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Melbourne
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h
5
Cairns
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Travel:  3​h 30​min
7
Green Island
— 2 nights
Travel:  2​h 45​min
8
Cairns
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h
9
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Chicago

1
night
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.
On the 20th (Sat), take a memorable tour with Tours.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney online visit planner .

Chicago, USA to Sydney is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Chicago to Sydney, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in October; daily highs in Sydney reach 76°F and lows reach 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): steep yourself in history at St Paul's Cathedral and then look for all kinds of wild species at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in October, things will get a bit cooler in Melbourne: highs are around 69°F and lows about 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Princetown.

Things to do in Melbourne

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Blackburn Lake Sanctuary
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Blackburn Lake Sanctuary ©
Blackburn Lake Sanctuary
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral

3
nights
Princetown

Princetown ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): get outside with The Arch, explore the activities along Bay of Martyrs, and then get great views at Loch Ard Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Great Otway National Park.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Princetown tour builder app .

Drive from Melbourne to Princetown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Princetown

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Port Campbell, Bay of Martyrs, Great Otway National Park
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Great Otway National Park ©
Great Otway National Park
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
Bay of Martyrs ©
Bay of Martyrs

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take a stroll through Collins St/Swanston St and then identify plant and animal life at St Kilda beach.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne day trip site .

Drive from Princetown to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Wildlife Parks Neighborhoods
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St Kilda beach ©
St Kilda beach
Collins St/Swanston St ©
Collins St/Swanston St

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hours
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.
For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns road trip tool .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In October in Cairns, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 69°F at night. On the 26th (Fri), you're off toMelbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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2
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, view the masterpieces at Janbal Gallery, then do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, then take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip planning app .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In October in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Green Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Mossman
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Janbal Gallery ©
Janbal Gallery
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery

2
nights
Green Island

Green Island
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): meet the residents at Marineland Crocodile Park.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Green Island trip simple and quick.

Explore your travel options from Port Douglas to Green Island with the Route module. In October, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 68°F. You will leave for Cairns on the 28th (Sun).

Things to do in Green Island

Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Cairns

Cairns ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and then brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum.

To find reviews and more tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary maker app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Green Island to Cairns. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

4
nights
Sydney

Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Camp Cove and Logan Brae Orchard. Change things up with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Katoomba (about 1h 40 min away). See even more of Sydney: wander the streets of The Rocks, stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, Sydney is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 76°F and lows of 59°F. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Logan Brae Orchard
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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