15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Madison
Fly:  26​h
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  26​h
End: Madison

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Boat Hire. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Melbourne Gaol and Shrine of Remembrance. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity College Chapel.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne itinerary builder tool .

Madison, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from Madison to Melbourne, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Madison in February: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 81°F and lows are around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cairns attractions tool .

Fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in February, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 88°F and lows about 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Adventure

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip site .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. February in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island trip planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Lord Howe Island by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. You'll get in some beach time at Manly Beach and Camp Cove. There's much more to do: wander the streets of The Rocks, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

To find out how to plan a trip to Sydney, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. In February in Sydney, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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