15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
+2
Fly + foot + train:  20​h
1
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Darwin
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Vancouver

1
night
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Augustine's Catholic Church, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolangatta Beach, and then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast holiday app .

Vancouver, Canada to Gold Coast is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 18 hours traveling from Vancouver to Gold Coast. Traveling from Vancouver in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Gold Coast: highs are around 29°C and lows about 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Rocks and Elizabeth Bay House. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Camp Cove, steep yourself in history at St. Mary's Cathedral, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

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Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. October in Sydney sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

3
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Speed Boats Tours. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience, look for gifts at The Book Shop Darwin, pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral, and make a splash at Wave Lagoon.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Darwin holiday app .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Darwin takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in October, with highs in Darwin at 39°C and lows at 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Historic Village Herberton and Trinity Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). Spend the 2nd (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Darwin in October, with highs in Cairns at 34°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Mossman Gorge Centre, Historic Village Herberton, Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre

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