15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Shannon
Fly:  32​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  31​h
End: Shannon

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.
Visiting Bondi Beach and Sydney Harbour National Park will get you outdoors. For shopping fun, head to Sydney Fish Market or Belle Fleur Fine Chocolates. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through The Rocks, listen to music at Sydney Opera House, shop like a local with Carriageworks Farmers Market, and stop by Haigh's Chocolates Strand Arcade.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary site .

Shannon, Ireland to Sydney is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Shannon to Sydney is 10 hours. Traveling from Shannon in July, expect little chillier with lows of 9°C in Sydney. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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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 (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by With Sugar, hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, then look for gifts at Coffee Works, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and finally kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip maker .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Sydney to Port Douglas in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Sydney in July, expect Port Douglas to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): kick back and relax at Trinity Beach and then experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cairns planner .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In July, daytime highs in Cairns are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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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 17th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, admire all the interesting features of Uluru, then stroll through Kuniya Walk, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then hike along Uluru Hiking Path.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park holiday maker app .

You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Cairns, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

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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 19th (Fri), look for gifts at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Degraves Street, then stop by Readings Book Shop, and finally take a stroll through Melbourne Central. On your second day here, get a taste of the local shopping with The White Room Interiors, then look for gifts at Minotaur Entertainment Melbourne, then look for gifts at SpellBox, and finally look for gifts at The Junk Company.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Melbourne travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Neighborhoods Tours
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
The White Room Interiors ©
The White Room Interiors
Lightning Ridge Opal Mines ©
Lightning Ridge Opal Mines

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