15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  26​h
End: New York City

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, and then have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Cairns sightseeing planning tool .

New York City, USA to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from New York City to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in December, expect Cairns to be much hotter, temps between 88°F and 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and then don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip site .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in December, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

1
night
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.
On the 27th (Fri), stroll through Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then admire all the interesting features of Uluru, and finally hike along Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in December, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit warmer (97°F), and nights are about the same (70°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne journey planning tool .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, things will get a bit cooler in Melbourne: highs are around 78°F and lows about 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Outdoors
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, stroll through Manly Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sydney online vacation builder .

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 December, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 65°F. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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