15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Fitzroy
— 1 day
Drive:  15​min
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Houston

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Esplanade Boardwalk. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove, about 44 minutes away. Spend the 15th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos and tourist information, you can read our Cairns attractions planning website .

Houston, USA to Cairns is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Houston to Cairns. October in Cairns sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Safaris, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Walkatjara Art and Valley of the Winds. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kata Tjuta and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Uluru, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, get outside with Walpa Gorge, and go for a walk through Lungkata Walk.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip tool .

Fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cairns in October, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit warmer (91°F), and nights are little chillier (60°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fitzroy.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

1
day
Fitzroy

Fitzroy ©
Fitzroy is an inner-city suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3 km north-east of Melbourne's Central Business District in the local government area of the City of Yarra. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): see the interesting displays at Scienceworks and then look for gifts at Gertrude Street.

For reviews and other tourist information, read our Fitzroy trip planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Fitzroy. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October, expect nights in Fitzroy to be little chillier, around 46°F, while days are much colder, around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Fitzroy

Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Scienceworks
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Scienceworks ©
Scienceworks

3
nights
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 Central and Old Melbourne Gaol. For shopping fun, head to Degraves Street or Collins St/Swanston St. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, buy something for everyone on your list at Southgate Melbourne, and look for gifts at Melbourne Watch Company.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

Melbourne is very close to Fitzroy. October in Melbourne sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Balloon Rides
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Head to Sydney Fish Market and Brett Whiteley Studiofor plenty of shopping. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

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Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in October, with highs in Sydney at 76°F and lows at 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

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