15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+3
subway + bus + Fly + shuttle:  30​h
1
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  9​h 30​min
2
Kangaroo Island
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Hobart
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Coles Bay
— 2 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  8​h 15​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Washington DC

1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner .

Washington DC, USA to Port Douglas is an approximately 30-hour combination of subway, bus, flight, and shuttle. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in December, things will get much warmer in Port Douglas: highs are around 88°F and lows about 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Horseback Riding Tours
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

1
night
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Raptor Domain and then look for all kinds of wild species at Seal Bay Conservation Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Flinders Chase National Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kangaroo Island vacation planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi from Port Douglas to Kangaroo Island in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain

2
nights
Hobart

Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. On the 14th (Sat), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, contemplate the long history of Hobart Convict Penitentiary, snap pictures at Richmond Bridge, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Nelson Lookout.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hobart road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Hobart takes 5.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Hobart are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Richmond Bridge
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Food Tours
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery ©
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail

2
nights
Coles Bay

Overlooking one of Tasmania's most scenic strips of coastline and serving as the gateway to Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay is home to just 500 permanent residents.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take a leisurely stroll along Coles Bay Jetty, and then explore and take pictures at Wineglass Bay Lookout. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at East Coast Natureworld and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Coles Bay trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Hobart to Coles Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Bicheno, Coles Bay Jetty
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Coles Bay Jetty ©
Coles Bay Jetty
East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Jenolan Caves and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Coles Bay to Sydney in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, ferry, and train. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Jenolan Caves
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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