15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and then take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns driving holiday planner .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 10 hours. In January, Cairns is much warmer than London - with highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
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 18th (Fri), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas road trip website .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Lord Howe Island in 7.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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.
Get some historical perspective at The Rocks and Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk. Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sydney holiday website .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

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

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Melbourne Gaol and Shrine of Remembrance. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and tour the water at your own pace with Melbourne Boat Hire.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne vacation maker app .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect little chillier with lows of 17°C in Melbourne. On the 28th (Mon), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Balloon Rides
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

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