15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Lord Howe Island
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
5
Port Douglas
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Copenhagen

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Old Melbourne Gaol and Melbourne Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Shrine of Remembrance and Scots Church. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Royal Exhibition Building, and kick back and relax at Sandridge Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne tour builder .

Copenhagen, Denmark to Melbourne is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) is 9 hours. Traveling from Copenhagen in December, you will find days in Melbourne are warmer (30°C), and nights are a bit warmer (14°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

1
day
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 27th (Thu), kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Lord Howe Island takes 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach

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 Justice & Police Museum. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Clovelly. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sydney online tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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.
On the 31st (Mon), stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, then get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and finally admire all the interesting features of Uluru. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip app .

You can fly from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Sydney, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 42°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

1
day
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 2nd (Wed), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, you will find days in Port Douglas are slightly colder (37°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Adventure Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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 3rd (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Trinity Beach and then experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns online day trip planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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