15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  32​h
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  10​h 15​min
5
Cape Tribulation
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Dublin

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.
On the 23rd (Mon), view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally explore and take pictures at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

Plan my trip to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Dublin, Ireland to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 32-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) is 9 hours. Traveling from Dublin in December, things will get warmer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around 42°C and lows about 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge

2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Relax by the water at Half Moon Bay and St. Kilda Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Melbourne Museum and Shrine of Remembrance. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, things will get slightly colder in Melbourne: highs are around 30°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Balloon Rides
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Australian National Maritime Museum. We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sydney trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

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

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach.

Plan my day in Lord Howe Island using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Sydney to Lord Howe Island by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

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

1
day
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
On the 1st (Wed), stroll through Myall Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Tribulation Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight, shuttle, car, and ferry from Lord Howe Island to Cape Tribulation takes 10.5 hours. January in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach

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.
On the 2nd (Thu), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then stroll through Trinity Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns planning site .

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Cairns by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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