15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Perth
— 1 day
Fly:  9​h 15​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
6
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Chennai

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day
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): explore the activities along Swan River, then contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, and then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Perth day trip planning site .

Chennai, India to Perth is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Australian Western Standard Time is 2 hours. While traveling from Chennai, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Perth, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planning website .

Getting from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Perth in October: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 38°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

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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 5th (Sat), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and then don't miss a visit to Royal Botanic Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Block Arcade, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, then brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and finally don't miss a visit to Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne holiday planning tool .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Clovelly Beach. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sydney route planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in October, expect Sydney to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Burleigh Head National Park, kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast vacation builder website .

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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night
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 11th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Gold Coast to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Gold Coast in October: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 34°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Spas

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nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). There's more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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