15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Honolulu, Oahu
Fly:  13​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
5
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Honolulu, Oahu

2
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.
Get some cultural insight at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. Visit Manly Beach and Bondi Beach for some beach relaxation. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and kick back and relax at Clovelly Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sydney travel route website .

Honolulu, USA to Sydney is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii Standard Time (HST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 20 hours. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

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

1
night
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 13th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and then engage your brain at Questacon.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Canberra trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Canberra, with lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

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.
Appreciate the collections at Shrine of Remembrance and Melbourne Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at National Gallery of Victoria and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne driving holiday planning app .

Fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

3
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.
Visiting Uluru and Kata Tjuta will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will get to explore Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Walkatjara Art. There's much more to do: admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, make a trip to Uluru, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and trek along Kuniya Walk.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 97°F and 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas online travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Douglas: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

1
night
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 22nd (Sun), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cairns travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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