15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Kahului, Maui
bus + Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Kangaroo Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  9​h 30​min
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Kahului, Maui


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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.
Get some cultural insight at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Visit Manly Beach and Bondi Beach for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and examine the collection at Hyde Park Barracks Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary maker site .

Kahului, USA to Sydney is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight. Traveling from Kahului to Sydney, you'll lose 20 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): wander the streets of Melbourne Central, then examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and then browse the exhibits of Federation Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, then view the masterpieces at Buxton Contemporary, then learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and finally look for gifts at The Junk Company.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Melbourne, with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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 6th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Flinders Chase National Park and then kick back and relax at Stokes Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kangaroo Island online road trip planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Stokes Beach ©
Stokes Beach

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Thornton Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Douglas: Daintree Entomological museum (in Diwan) and Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation). There's lots more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, look for gifts at With Sugar, admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Kangaroo Island to Port Douglas takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the galleries of Underart Gallery, stop by OK Gift Shop, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary maker .

Take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

2
nights
Townsville

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 12th (Sun), step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Townsville trip site .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Townsville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Townsville, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Townsville

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

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