15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Fly:  26​h
1
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
Townsville
— 1 night
ferry:  30​min
5
Magnetic Island
— Few hours
ferry + Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
7
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
8
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Helsinki

2
nights
Darwin

Darwin ©
The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Darwin Aviation Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Outstation Gallery - Aboriginal Art from Art Centres, then take in the exciting artwork at Nomad Art Gallery, then get a taste of the local shopping with Mason Gallery, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove.

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Helsinki, Finland to Darwin is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Darwin to be warmer, temps between 38°C and 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Darwin

Museums Wildlife Parks
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Darwin Aviation Museum ©
Darwin Aviation Museum
Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove

2
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): stop by Tjanpi Desert Weavers and then look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, then view the masterpieces at Yubu Napa Art Gallery, then get a taste of the local shopping with iranti art gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Talapi.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Alice Springs trip planner.

Fly from Darwin to Alice Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Alice Springs, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours, admire the striking features of Freshwater Station, and then stroll through Palm Cove Beach.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Alice Springs in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Balloon Rides

1
night
Townsville

Townsville
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 23rd (Sun), get a taste of the local shopping with Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand, and finally view the masterpieces at The Drill Hall Studio.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Townsville trip maker tool .

Fly from Cairns to Townsville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
The Strand ©
The Strand
The Drill Hall Studio ©
The Drill Hall Studio

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hours
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
On the 24th (Mon), kick back and relax at Geoffrey Bay and then step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island Forts Walk.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Magnetic Island travel route planner .

Magnetic Island is just a stone's throw from Townsville. In December, daytime highs in Magnetic Island are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:
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Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 25th (Tue), explore the activities along Heart Reef, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Airlie Beach holiday builder .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): head outdoors with Jetryder, enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island by ferry takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach

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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.
The Rocks and Hyde Park Barracks Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Coogee Beach and Bondi Beach will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: experience the emotional art of opera at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney tour planner.

You can fly from Hamilton Island to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Hamilton Island in December, with highs in Sydney at 31°C and lows at 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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