15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): look for gifts at With Sugar, take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery, and then explore the galleries of Des Spencer Galleries.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planning site .

Brisbane to Port Douglas is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in February, Port Douglas is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Ngarru Gallery ©
Ngarru Gallery
With Sugar ©
With Sugar

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.
On the 7th (Thu), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Trinity Beach, view the masterpieces at Village Gallery, and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In February in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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 Walkatjara Art and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Uluru and Valley of the Winds are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, hike along Kuniya Walk, get outside with Walpa Gorge, and explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cairns in February, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are somewhat warmer (43°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Melbourne Museum and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Shrine of Remembrance and The Johnston Collection. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, examine the collection at Federation Square, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc., and buy something for everyone on your list at Melbourne Central.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Melbourne online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. In February, Melbourne is little chillier than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of 32°C and lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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.
Popular historic sites such as The Rocks and Museum of Sydney are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Manly Beach and Clovelly. There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, examine the collection at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and admire the masterpieces at Brett Whiteley Studio.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney online holiday builder .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Parks Outdoors
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): 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.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Sydney to Lord Howe Island by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Museum ©
Lord Howe Island Museum

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