15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

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.
Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas (in Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Spend the 24th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cairns sightseeing planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Cairns is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
night
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Roma Street Parkland and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane travel route planning site .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, Brisbane is a bit cooler than Cairns - with highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

4
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.
Family-friendly places like Bondi Beach and Powerhouse Museum will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sydney route planner .

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kids will enjoy Royal Botanic Gardens and Eureka Skydeck 88. The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne itinerary planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sydney in December since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 14°C. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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