15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
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
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  26​h
End: New York City

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: tour the water at your own pace with Boab Boat Cairns, take a memorable drive along Captain Cook Highway, and then stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary builder website .

New York City, USA to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. 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 New York City in March, things will get much hotter in Cairns: highs are around 87°F and lows about 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
On the 20th (Wed), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In March, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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 22nd (Fri), trek along Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and finally view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Walpa Gorge, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, then take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light, and finally stroll through Uluru Hiking Path.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

Getting from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in March, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 70°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 95°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 24th (Sun), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, then take a tour by water with Melbourne Boat Hire, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Werribee Open Range Zoo, then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in March: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 78°F and lows are around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach, then learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, and finally stroll through Ned's Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then play a few rounds at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, and then trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Lord Howe Island by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

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.
On the 28th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, see a show at Sydney Opera House, then trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and finally stroll through Bondi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, then don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, then admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and finally wander the streets of The Rocks.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sydney online holiday planner .

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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