15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 30​min
4
Fraser Island
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 15​min
5
Mossman
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
ferry:  30​min
7
Townsville
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
8
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
9
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Brighton Beach, then kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, and then see the interesting displays at Federation Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip app .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Melbourne. In December, daytime highs in Melbourne are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, Brighton Beach
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
Balloon Rides

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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 3rd (Mon): stroll through Balmoral Beach, Mosman, tour the pleasant surroundings at Camp Cove, then kick back and relax at Shelly Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Fairlight Beach, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Sydney Tower Eye and Skywalk. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, then explore the activities along Watson's Bay, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bronte Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly.

Make your Sydney itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in December, with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Fairlight Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Shelly Beach, Bronte Beach
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 4:
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Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach

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nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
On the 5th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, then stroll through Coolangatta Beach, and then kick back and relax at Kirra Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. December in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

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night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek and then kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island online itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Gold Coast to Fraser Island takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. December in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mossman.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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night
Mossman

Mossman ©
Mossman is a town and a locality in Far North Queensland, Australia, on the Mossman River. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at Daintree Discovery Centre, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fraser Island to Mossman. December in Mossman sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Mossman

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge, Daintree Discovery Centre, Alexandra Bay Waterfall
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 10:
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Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Mossman Gorge ©
Mossman Gorge
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

1
night
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Big Mama Sailing, enjoy the sand and surf at Geoffrey Bay, and then admire all the interesting features of Magnetic Island Forts Walk.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Magnetic Island trip itinerary app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mossman to Magnetic Island. In December, daytime highs in Magnetic Island are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 11:
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

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night
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the galleries of Museum of Tropical Queensland, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand, and then take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Townsville visit planner.

Townsville is very close to Magnetic Island. In December, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

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Cairns

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 13th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, stroll through Trinity Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Townsville to Cairns in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 15th (Sat), explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island trip tool .

You can fly from Cairns to Whitsunday Island in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

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