15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

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 18th (Mon), get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ned's Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island trip itinerary maker .

San Francisco, USA to Lord Howe Island is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Lord Howe Standard Time is 18 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bondi Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. We've included these beaches for you: Manly Beach and Coogee Beach. And it doesn't end there: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, wander the streets of The Rocks, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney road trip website .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Sydney are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Uluru and Mutitjulu Waterhole. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kata Tjuta and Walpa Gorge. The adventure continues: admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, go for a walk through Field of Light, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, and hike along Kuniya Walk.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park attractions planning website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in February: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 98°F, while lows dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

2
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 Scuba & Snorkeling and Horses in Port. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Thornton Beach and Myall Beach. Spend the 28th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip maker tool .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Douglas, ranging from highs of 88°F to lows of 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Cape Tribulation
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Horses in Port ©
Horses in Port

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, then kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and then take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip builder .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In February, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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