15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cleveland
Fly:  36​h
1
Kakadu National Park
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  13​h 45​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
4
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Cleveland

1
night
Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Yellow Water, then don't miss a visit to Mirrai Lookout, and then see the interesting displays at Warradjan Cultural Centre.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kakadu National Park online attractions planner .

Cleveland, USA to Kakadu National Park is an approximately 36-hour flight. Traveling from Cleveland to Kakadu National Park, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water
Warradjan Cultural Centre ©
Warradjan Cultural Centre
Mirrai Lookout ©
Mirrai Lookout

3
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.
On the 31st (Mon), take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planner .

Getting from Kakadu National Park to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 14 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in December, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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.
You've now added Nature & Wildlife Tours to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Night Markets.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 75°F at night. You'll set off for Sydney on the 4th (Fri).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

5
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.
You've now added Blue Ribbon Day Tours - Blue Mountain Tours to your itinerary. Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Clovelly. Let the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, listen to music at Sydney Opera House, and kick back and relax at Coogee Beach.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sydney journey builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cairns in January; daily highs in Sydney reach 82°F and lows reach 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Coogee Beach ©
Coogee Beach

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