15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: London

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get outdoors at Royal Botanic Gardens and Melbourne Zoo. Attractions like Melbourne Museum and Eureka Skydeck 88 make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, get a sense of history and politics at Parliament House of Victoria, and admire the masterpieces at ArtVo.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne trip builder app .

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) is 10 hours. When traveling from London in December, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral
ArtVo ©
ArtVo

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): look for gifts at With Sugar, then learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach, and finally identify plant and animal life at Opal Reef.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary app .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Melbourne to Port Douglas in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in December, with highs in Port Douglas at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery

2
nights
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.
On the 28th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and then hike along Kuniya Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, then browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art, and finally get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Port Douglas, expect a bit 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 your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

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.
Bring the kids along to Manly Beach and Bondi Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Shelly Beach. Step out of Sydney to go to Katoomba and see Wentworth Falls, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, get interesting insight from Tours, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sydney online visit planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In December, Sydney is a bit cooler than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Katoomba, Shelly Beach
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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