15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 15​min
5
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Dubai

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Bondi Beach and Chinese Garden of Friendship. There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, don't miss a visit to Mrs Macquarie's Chair, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sydney day trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Sydney is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 6 hours. Traveling from Dubai in October, expect Sydney to be cooler, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

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

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 4th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Lord Howe Island trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon 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.
Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and take a stroll around Tanks Arts Centre.

Discover how to plan a Cairns trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Cairns in 5.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Tanks Arts Centre, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove 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.
Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Spend the 9th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach and take a tour by water with Port Douglas Boat Hire.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip builder app .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In November, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

2
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 appreciate attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Museum. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne tour itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Melbourne takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. While traveling from Port Douglas, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 11°C. On the 13th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

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