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
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
3
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

1
night
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 21st (Sat), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary maker site .

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Cairns is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take a memorable tour with Tours. On your second day here, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas road trip website .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park. On your second day here, stroll through Surfers Paradise Beach and then get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Gold Coast by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Port Douglas in December; daily highs in Gold Coast reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

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.
Attractions like Bondi Beach and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner.

Fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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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.
Bring the kids along to Royal Botanic Gardens and Eureka Skydeck 88. There's lots more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, steep yourself in history at Parliament House of Victoria, admire the natural beauty at Queen Victoria Gardens, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online travel route 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. Traveling from Sydney in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Melbourne, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Museums Parks
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Eureka Skydeck 88 ©
Eureka Skydeck 88

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