15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + train:  26​h
1
Newcastle
— 1 night
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
3
Adelaide
— 3 nights
4
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  26​h
End: New York City

1
night
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Blackbutt Reserve and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tomaree Head. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then identify plant and animal life at Tilligerry Habitat Tanilba Bay.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Newcastle tour planner .

New York City, USA to Newcastle is an approximately 26-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in April: high temperatures in Newcastle hover around 74°F and lows are around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Newcastle

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Tilligerry Habitat Tanilba Bay, Tomaree Head
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Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Tilligerry Habitat Tanilba Bay ©
Tilligerry Habitat Tanilba Bay
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Appreciate the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Visiting Manly Beach and Clovelly will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: stroll through Bondi Beach, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Newcastle to Sydney takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Sydney

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

3
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.
Visiting Cleland Wildlife Park and Waterfall Gully will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Adelaide Oval and General Post Office are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Adelaide: Hallett Cove Conservation Park (in Hallett Cove) and Gorge Wildlife Park (in Cudlee Creek). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of South Australia, take an in-depth tour of Migration Museum, do a tasting at Ashton Hills Vineyard, and admire the natural beauty at Oaklands Wetland.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Adelaide journey maker website .

Fly from Sydney to Adelaide in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in May, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Marion, Ashton Hills Vineyard, Gorge Wildlife Park, Cleland Wildlife Park
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Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Art Gallery of South Australia ©
Art Gallery of South Australia

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll explore and learn at Shrine of Remembrance and Immigration Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Melbourne Museum and Royal Historical Society of Victoria. Spend the 8th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, look for all kinds of wild species at Trin Warren Tam-boore, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Melbourne tour itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Adelaide in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Melbourne, with lows around 46°F. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Wildlife Museums
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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