15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Lord Howe Island
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Dallas

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary planner.

Dallas, USA to Cairns is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Cairns is 16 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and then enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach.

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Getting from Cairns to Cape Tribulation by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach

3
nights
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.
Spend the 25th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 26th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, and view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas visit website .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uluru. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Walpa Gorge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then take some stellar pictures from Uluru.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is little chillier than Port Douglas - with highs of 76°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 30th (Thu), examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, then get the lay of the land with Royal Botanic Gardens, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at National Sports Museum, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, then brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and finally take an in-depth tour of Italian Museum and Historical Society.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip planning site .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May; daily highs in Melbourne reach 63°F and lows reach 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

1
day
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 1st (Sat): examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and then stroll through Ned's Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island day trip app .

Fly from Melbourne to Lord Howe Island in 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Museum ©
Lord Howe Island 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 Sydney Opera House. We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly Beach, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in June, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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