15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  27​h
1
Brisbane
— 1 day
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Hobart
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico


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1
day
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): have fun at South Bank Parklands and then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip planning tool .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Brisbane is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from San Juan to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Juan in September: highs in Brisbane hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

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Parks Wildlife
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On your second day here, relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Brisbane to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Brisbane in September: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

2
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 17th (Tue): take a memorable tour with Tours. On your second day here, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, and then choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In September in Cairns, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

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Shaolin Junk Cruises, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): trek along Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, explore the striking landscape at Uluru, then view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and finally hike along Uluru Hiking Path. On your second day here, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online vacation planner .

Fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cairns in September, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

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Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

1
night
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and then tour the water at your own pace with Melbourne Boat Hire.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in September, expect nights in Melbourne to be little chillier, around 7°C, while days are colder, around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Balloon Rides
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire

1
night
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.
On the 23rd (Mon), head off the coast to Macquarie Island, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, and finally identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hobart attractions planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Hobart in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Hobart can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Macquarie Island
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Macquarie Island ©
Macquarie Island

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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.
On the 24th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then see a show at Sydney Opera House, and finally take a stroll through The Rocks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): take a stroll through Darling Harbour, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and then stroll through Manly Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Hobart to Sydney by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Hobart in September, things will get a bit warmer in Sydney: highs are around 25°C and lows about 14°C. You will leave for home on the 26th (Thu).

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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