15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Melbourne
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Cowes
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Lakes Entrance
— 1 day
Drive:  9​h
6
Robe
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Canberra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
End: Sydney


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1
night
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.
On the 1st (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly, then kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and finally hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Camp Cove, kick back and relax at Shelly Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and finally see a show at Sydney Opera House.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Sydney vacation maker app .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Sydney. In January, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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nights
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 3rd (Thu): browse the different shops at Robina Town Shopping Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, meet the residents at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and then examine the collection at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip planner.

Fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 5th (Sat), examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Sandridge Beach, and then stroll through St. Kilda Beach. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Melbourne Zoo and then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Melbourne in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Melbourne, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cowes.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
On the 7th (Mon), head off the coast to Phillip Island Nature Parks - Koala Conservation Centre, step off the mainland to explore Churchill Island, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Woolamai Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Flynns Beach. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at A Maze'N Things, then look for all kinds of wild species at Phillip Island Wildlife Park, and then meet the residents at The Nobbies Centre.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cowes road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Cowes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and car. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lakes Entrance.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Summerlands, Phillip Island
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Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park
A Maze'N Things ©
A Maze'N Things
Churchill Island ©
Churchill Island

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day
Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance ©
Lakes Entrance is a seaside resort and fishing port in eastern Victoria, Australia. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Gippsland Lakes and then kick back and relax at Lakes Entrance Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Lakes Entrance vacation planner .

You can drive from Cowes to Lakes Entrance in 4 hours. In January, daytime highs in Lakes Entrance are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Robe.

Things to do in Lakes Entrance

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Gippsland Lakes ©
Gippsland Lakes

1
night
Robe

Robe ©
Robe is a town and fishing port located in the Limestone Coast of South Australia. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Robe Beach, then do a tasting at Wangolina, and then learn about winemaking at Ralph Fowler Wines. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Beachport Surf Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Robe trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Lakes Entrance to Robe takes 9.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Robe

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Beachport Surf Beach
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Beachport Surf Beach ©
Beachport Surf Beach
Ralph Fowler Wines ©
Ralph Fowler Wines
Wangolina ©
Wangolina

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nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): hunt for treasures at Adelaide Central Market, then contemplate the long history of Adelaide Oval, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seacliff Beach. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Aldinga Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Cleland Wildlife Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Adelaide trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Robe to Adelaide takes 4 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Adelaide can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cleland Wildlife Park, Aldinga Beach
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Aldinga Beach ©
Aldinga Beach
Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Seacliff Beach ©
Seacliff Beach

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Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 14th (Mon), get curious at Questacon, then explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, and then don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Australia, and then explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin.

Plan trip to Canberra with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Adelaide to Canberra by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Adelaide in January, Canberra is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Nature
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National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery
National Museum of Australia ©
National Museum of Australia
Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin

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