15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h
2
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
3
Margaret River
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  12​h
4
Hobart
— 1 day
+3
Fly + bus + train + bus:  10​h
5
Port Campbell
— 1 night
+4
bus + train + bus + Fly + shuttle:  12​h 45​min
6
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Calgary

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 13th (Mon): appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge. On your second day here, stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, explore the galleries of Walkatjara Art, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, hike along Kuniya Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip website .

Calgary, Canada to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Calgary to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is 16 hours. Traveling from Calgary in May, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Uluru ©
Uluru

2
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
On the 15th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Simpsons Gap Bicycle Path. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, then identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Emily Gap.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Alice Springs trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In May, daily temperatures in Alice Springs can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Tours
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

1
night
Margaret River

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
On the 17th (Fri), explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, Head underground at Lake Cave, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hamelin Bay, then Head underground at Jewel Cave, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, and finally explore the ancient world of Hamelin Bay Jetty. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Surfers Point, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cowaramup Bay, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Margaret River trip app .

Getting from Alice Springs to Margaret River by combination of flight and bus takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Alice Springs to Margaret River, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Boranup, Augusta, Cowaramup Bay, Hamelin Bay Jetty, Surfers Point
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Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Surfers Point ©
Surfers Point
Hamelin Bay ©
Hamelin Bay

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day
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, contemplate the long history of Hobart Convict Penitentiary, then contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hobart day trip app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Hobart takes 12 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Tasmania), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Cascades Female Factory Historic Site ©

1
night
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at London Bridge, take some stellar pictures from Loch Ard Gorge, then take some stellar pictures from Twelve Apostles, and finally don't miss a visit to Gibsons Steps. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Port Campbell National Park.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Port Campbell trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight, train, and bus from Hobart to Port Campbell in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Twelve Apostles
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London Bridge ©
London Bridge
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge

1
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.
On the 22nd (Wed), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas tour builder .

You can do a combination of bus, train, flight, and shuttle from Port Campbell to Port Douglas in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, and then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cairns tour builder site .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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