15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Invercargill
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 1 day
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Invercargill

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Manly Beach and Bondi Beach. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, make a trip to Queen Victoria Building, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney day trip planner .

Invercargill, New Zealand to Sydney is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Invercargill to Sydney is minus 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 10th (Fri), examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum, kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ned's Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island day trip planning tool .

Fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Museum ©
Lord Howe Island Museum

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Cairns takes 6.5 hours. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

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Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Do your shopping at With Sugar and Ngarru Gallery. Spend the 12th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary app .

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 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Walkatjara Art and Uluru. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kata Tjuta and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. There's still lots to do: get outside with Walpa Gorge, don't miss a visit to Uluru, take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online itinerary planner .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in January, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit warmer (43°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

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

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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 18th (Sat): take a stroll through Melbourne Central, then brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and then get the lay of the land with Royal Botanic Gardens. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, and then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

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Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, things will get little chillier in Melbourne: highs are around 32°C and lows about 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Melbourne

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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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