15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Belgrade
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
5
Lord Howe Island
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h
6
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Belgrade

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 5th (Wed), explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, then see the interesting displays at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, then see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at ArtVo. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at National Sports Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Sandridge Beach, explore the galleries of Shrine of Remembrance, then take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Federation Square.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne day trip planning app .

Belgrade, Serbia to Melbourne is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Belgrade to Melbourne is 9 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Belgrade in December, with highs in Melbourne at 30°C and lows at 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

2
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.
On the 7th (Fri), get your bearings at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light, then identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, and finally explore and take pictures at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): get outside with Walpa Gorge, take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder site .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 42°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

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
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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 9th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cairns online trip planner .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are little chillier, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

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.
On the 11th (Tue), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
day
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 12th (Wed), trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, then kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, then learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, and finally stroll through Ned's Beach.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island trip site .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Lord Howe Island in 7.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, then engage your brain at Questacon, and finally ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Canberra driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Canberra in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Sydney.

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
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Australian National Maritime Museum and Justice & Police Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, see the interesting displays at Sydney Bus Museum, kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney road trip planning website .

You can drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Canberra in December, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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