15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  1​h 15​min
3
Kuranda
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + foot + ferry:  3​h 45​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + train:  7​h
5
Katoomba
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  26​h
End: New York City


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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then stroll through Palm Cove Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cairns journey planner.

New York City, USA to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Cairns is 15 hours. In September in Cairns, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Agincourt Reef and Scuba & Snorkeling. Discover out-of-the-way places like Daintree Discovery Centre and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

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Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Kuranda.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Daintree Discovery Centre, Mossman Gorge
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Mossman Gorge ©
Mossman Gorge
Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

1
night
Kuranda

Kuranda ©
Kuranda is a town and locality on the Atherton Tableland in the Shire of Mareeba, Far North Queensland, Australia. On the 1st (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then look for all kinds of wild species at Birdworld Kuranda, then get a new perspective on nature at Emu Ridge Gallery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kuranda travel planner.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Kuranda in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and train. In September in Kuranda, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Kuranda

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, and then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): stop by Grotty Yachty Clothing, tour the pleasant surroundings at Boathaven Beach, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip tool .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry from Kuranda to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kuranda in October: highs in Airlie Beach hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef

1
day
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, then get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, then take in breathtaking views at Pulpit Rock Lookout, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Coachwood Glen Nature Trail.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Katoomba tour itinerary tool .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Katoomba by combination of bus, flight, and train takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, flight, and train; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Katoomba when traveling from Airlie Beach in October, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout

4
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.
Visiting Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Manly Beach and Clovelly. Step out of Sydney to go to Manly and see Shelly Beach, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of The Rocks, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and contemplate the long history of Elizabeth Bay House.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Katoomba in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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