15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
3
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
Darwin
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Mumbai

3
nights
Cairns

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.
Bring the kids along to Trinity Beach and Muddy's Playground. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Historic Village Herberton and Spas. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns online trip itinerary builder .

Mumbai, India to Cairns is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 4 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Mumbai in September; daily highs in Cairns reach 33°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Historic Village Herberton, Trinity Beach
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

3
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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.
For shopping fun, head to Sunday Market Port Douglas or Opalbar. Step off the beaten path and head to Daintree National Park and Spas. Take a break from Port Douglas with a short trip to Photography Tours in Daintree, about 1h 25 min away. It doesn't end there: explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef and identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Daintree National Park, Photography Tours, Opalbar, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Photography Tours
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

3
nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Burleigh Heads Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre and Kirra Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Byron Bay (Spas & Cape Byron Walking Track). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park and buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip itinerary maker tool .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Gold Coast in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in September, expect Gold Coast to be little chillier, temps between 27°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Byron Bay
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

4
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Step off the beaten path and head to Litchfield National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's lots more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and take an in-depth tour of RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility.

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Do a combination of train and flight from Gold Coast to Darwin in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Gold Coast in September, with highs in Darwin at 38°C and lows at 26°C. You'll set off for home on the 28th (Sat).

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility

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