15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

2
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 DFO South Wharffor some retail therapy. And it doesn't end there: browse the eclectic array of goods at Degraves Street, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Royal Botanic Gardens, and buy something for everyone on your list at Emporium Melbourne.

Before you visit Melbourne, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Melbourne. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in July, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Degraves Street ©
Degraves Street
DFO South Wharf ©
DFO South Wharf

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.
For shopping fun, head to Sydney Fish Market or Queen Victoria Building. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take a stroll through The Rocks, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney online day trip planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in July, expect nights in Sydney to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Shopping
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Four Mile Beach and Myall Beach. Shop till you drop at Sunday Market Port Douglas and With Sugar. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Douglas: Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay) and Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach). Spend the 27th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Ngarru Gallery.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip builder tool .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Sydney to Port Douglas in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in July: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 30°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Walu Wugirriga Lookout
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

3
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Head to Village Gallery and Tanks Arts Centrefor some retail therapy. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Spas in Palm Cove, about 30 minutes away. Spend the 30th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns and explore the galleries of Underart Gallery.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cairns day trip planning tool .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In July in Cairns, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Tanks Arts Centre, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
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 2nd (Fri): stroll through Kuniya Walk, explore and take pictures at Uluru, then browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art, then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and finally go for a walk through Field of Light. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): head outdoors with Walpa Gorge and then appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairns in August: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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