15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
ferry:  30​min
1
Manly
— 1 night
+2
ferry + train + Fly:  4​h
2
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
4
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
St Kilda
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Sydney

1
night
Manly

Manly ©
Located 11 km (7 mi) across the harbor from Sydney, a holiday in Manly combines quiet neighborhood charm and coastal attractions, all the while placing you within easy access to the big city.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Whale Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bilgola Beach, then browse the exhibits of Joel Coleman Gallery, and finally stroll through Shelly Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, stroll through Mona Vale Beach, and then kick back and relax at North Narrabeen Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Manly day trip planner.

Sydney to Manly is an approximately half hour ferry ride. You can also take a bus; or drive. December in Manly sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Manly

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Bilgola Beach, Whale Beach, North Narrabeen Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Mona Vale Beach
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Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach
Bilgola Beach ©
Bilgola Beach
Whale Beach ©
Whale Beach

3
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.
Visit Burleigh Heads Beach and Coolangatta Beach for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach, stroll through Rainbow Bay, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, and sample the tasty concoctions at Black Hops Brewing.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Gold Coast online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Manly to Gold Coast by combination of ferry and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Village Gallery. You'll get in some beach time at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Spas). Spend the 6th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yorkeys Knob Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ellis Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner .

Fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in December, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Ellis Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

3
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Relax by the water at Warnbro Beach and Secret Harbour Beach. Get some cultural insight at Fremantle Prison and Art Gallery of Western Australia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Perth: Quinns Rocks Beach (in Quinns Rocks) and Tyler's Vineyard (in Millendon). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, contemplate the long history of Norm wrightson hairway, explore the world behind art at The Sacred India Gallery, and learn about winemaking at Kato's 3000 Grapes.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Perth road trip planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Perth in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns to Perth, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Cairns in December since evenings lows in Perth dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to St Kilda.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fremantle, The Sacred India Gallery, Tyler's Vineyard, Nowhereman Brewing Co., Kato's 3000 Grapes
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Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Warnbro Beach ©
Warnbro Beach

1
night
St Kilda

St Kilda ©
St Kilda is an inner suburb (neighbourhood) of the metropolitan area of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 6 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. On the 14th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Scienceworks, browse the exhibits of SaraDar Therapeutic and Thai Massage & Art Gallery, and then learn about winemaking at TreAnd. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Brighton Beach, take an in-depth tour of Jewish Holocaust Centre, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christ Church St Kilda, and finally kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read St Kilda day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Perth to St Kilda takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to St Kilda due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Perth in December, plan for slightly colder days in St Kilda, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in St Kilda

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Scienceworks, SaraDar Therapeutic and Thai Massage & Art Gallery, Jewish Holocaust Centre, Brighton Beach, TreAnd
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Scienceworks ©
Scienceworks
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach

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