15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
5
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Dubai

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): hike along Kuniya Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then stroll through Uluru Hiking Path.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is 5 hours. While traveling from Dubai, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 42°C to lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

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
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): stroll through Melbourne Zoo, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Exhibition Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and finally choose your vessel at Melbourne Boat Hire.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Eureka Skydeck ©
Eureka Skydeck

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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bondi Beach and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sydney itinerary planning website .

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, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 21°C in Sydney. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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nights
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.
On the 24th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Moffat Beach and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dicky Beach.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Brisbane visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Caloundra
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach

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night
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.
On the 26th (Thu), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and then make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas day trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Brisbane to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. While traveling from Brisbane, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Port Douglas, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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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 28th (Sat), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, and then enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns route builder app .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. December in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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