15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 1 day
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: San Francisco

1
day
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 18th (Tue), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cairns travel route website .

San Francisco, USA to Cairns is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 18 hours traveling from San Francisco to Cairns. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in June; daily highs in Cairns reach 79°F and lows reach 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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 19th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries, then take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery, and finally look for gifts at With Sugar.

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Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
With Sugar ©
With Sugar

1
night
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 21st (Fri), trek along Kuniya Walk, take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, then view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge and then take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta.

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Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Port Douglas in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 67°F, while nights are colder with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

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 enjoy Melbourne Museum and Melbourne Zoo. Melbourne Central and Shrine of Remembrance are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Degraves Street, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, stop by The Australian Natural Soap, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Melbourne trip maker website .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Melbourne, with highs around 57°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

5
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.
Sydney Opera House and Australian National Maritime Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Bring the kids along to Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, explore the galleries of ATTY Gallery, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney day trip app .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in June; daily highs in Sydney reach 65°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

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