15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: San Francisco


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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Underart Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art, then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and finally kick back and relax at Trinity Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cairns travel site .

San Francisco, USA to Cairns is an approximately 19-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 (PST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 18 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in February; daily highs in Cairns reach 88°F and lows reach 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trip

Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In February, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, hike along Kuniya Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uluru. On the next day, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sightseeing tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in February, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 71°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 98°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

1
night
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 24th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, explore the galleries of Shrine of Remembrance, and then take a stroll through Melbourne Central. Here are some ideas for day two: get interesting insight from Melbourne Boat Hire, then stroll through St. Kilda Beach, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 81°F and lows are around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

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.
Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. The Rocks and Sydney Opera House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: 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 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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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 2nd (Sat): examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum, kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Lord Howe Island tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Museum ©
Lord Howe Island Museum

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