15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Sydney

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): look for gifts at Volle Jewellery. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Opal Minded, browse the fresh offerings at The Rocks Markets, then browse the exhibits of Justice & Police Museum, then hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and finally kick back and relax at Camp Cove.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner .

Washington DC, USA to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or do a combination of subway, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) is 15 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Sydney: highs are around 77°F and lows about 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Featherdale Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 18:
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Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Justice & Police Museum ©
Justice & Police Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Floriade and then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Canberra trip planner .

Getting from Sydney to Canberra by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in November, Canberra is slightly colder at night with lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Wildlife Museums
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 19:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Floriade ©
Floriade

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne Central and Degraves Street are good opportunities to explore the local culture. We've included these beaches for you: St. Kilda Beach and Sandridge Beach. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Melbourne trip planning website .

You can fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 22:
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Stokes Beach, look for gifts at Kangaroo Island Spinners & Weavers, and then get engrossed in the history at Parndana Soldier Settlement Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Flinders Chase National Park.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kangaroo Island trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry, car, bus, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 24:
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Stokes Beach ©
Stokes Beach
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of South Australia, learn more about the world around you at South Australian Museum, then contemplate the long history of Adelaide Oval, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Semaphore Beach. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let little ones run wild at Rymill Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Cleland Wildlife Park, then look for gifts at Haigh's Chocolates Beehive Corner, and finally shop like a local with Rundle Mall.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Adelaide journey planning website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Semaphore Beach, Cleland Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Art Gallery of South Australia ©
Art Gallery of South Australia

3
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then kick back and relax at Moffat Beach. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery and then get some fabulous bargains at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Brisbane day trip site .

You can fly from Adelaide to Brisbane in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Adelaide in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 65°F in Brisbane. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Moffat Beach, Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

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