15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Hobart
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Dubai

2
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Historic Village Herberton and Trinity Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Palm Cove Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio (in Tolga).

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns travel tool .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Cairns is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 6 hours. In November, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Historic Village Herberton, Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 13:
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

2
nights
Port Douglas

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 14th (Wed): meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and then explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Daintree National Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Port Douglas, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. November in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Daintree National Park
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 15:
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Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolangatta Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirra Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast visit planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Gold Coast takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. In November, Gold Coast is little chillier than Port Douglas - with highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 17:
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

1
night
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, and then identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, then steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, and then contemplate the long history of Hobart Convict Penitentiary.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hobart travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Hobart takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Gold Coast in November: high temperatures in Hobart hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 19:
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Mawson's Hut Replica Museum ©
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

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.
On the 20th (Tue), get curious at Questacon and then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Australia and then explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Canberra road trip app .

Getting from Hobart to Canberra by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Hobart in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Canberra: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 21:
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National Museum of Australia ©
National Museum of Australia
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Horseshoe Bay and Cleland Wildlife Park. Step out of Adelaide to go to Victor Harbor and see Granite Island, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's more to do: hunt for treasures at Adelaide Central Market and catch a live event at Adelaide Oval.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Adelaide trip website .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Adelaide takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 15°C in Adelaide. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Horseshoe Bay, Granite Island, Cleland Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:
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Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Granite Island ©
Granite Island

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