15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Drive:  1​h 15​min
1
Torquay
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
5
Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
7
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Melbourne


1
day
Torquay

Torquay
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): stop by Anglesea Surf Centre and then take a memorable drive along The Great Ocean Road.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Torquay trip itinerary planner.

Melbourne to Torquay is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Torquay can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Scenic Drive Shopping

Side Trip

Anglesea Surf Centre
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The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road
Anglesea Surf Centre ©
Anglesea Surf Centre

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Head to Melbourne Central and Lightning Ridge Opal Minesfor some retail therapy. And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with The White Room Interiors, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, browse the different shops at Emporium Melbourne, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Torquay to Melbourne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

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.
Do your shopping at Sydney Fish Market and Brett Whiteley Studio. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Shelly Beach in Manly, approximately 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney online trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in February since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfer's Paradise Beach, then admire the masterpieces at 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and finally browse the different shops at Robina Town Shopping Centre.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast road trip planning app .

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. February in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Robina Town Shopping Centre ©
Robina Town Shopping Centre

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries, then relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and then look for gifts at Village Gallery.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas driving holiday planner.

Getting from Gold Coast to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Port Douglas: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

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

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.
On the 24th (Sun), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Michael Seebeck Gallery, view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art, look for gifts at Australian Leather Company, take a stroll around Tanks Arts Centre, then buy something for everyone on your list at Orchid Plaza, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Underart Gallery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cairns road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In February, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Adventure Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Tanks Arts Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Tanks Arts Centre ©
Tanks Arts Centre
Australian Leather Company ©
Australian Leather Company

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Whitsunday Island journey builder site .

Fly from Cairns to Whitsunday Island in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. In February, daytime highs in Whitsunday Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

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