15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Guiyang
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Guiyang

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Michaelmas Cay and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. Get some cultural insight at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery and St Monica's Cathedral. Change things up with a short trip to Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas (about 1h 15 min away). Spend the 16th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary builder site .

Guiyang, China to Cairns is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Guiyang to Cairns is 2 hours. Traveling from Guiyang in July, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Four Mile Beach, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery and then contemplate the long history of Boggo Road Gaol. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel), then get lost in a book at State Library Of Queensland, and then take a stroll through Queen Street Mall.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cairns in July, with highs in Brisbane at 24°C and lows at 11°C. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Queen Street Mall ©
Queen Street Mall
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) ©
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail)

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre and then stroll through Kirra Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, then hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, and then see a show at Sydney Opera House. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and then take a stroll through The Rocks.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Sydney itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Gold Coast to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eastern Beach Reserve and Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Shrine of Remembrance and St Paul's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Spend the 27th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens, and get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in July; daily highs in Melbourne reach 15°C and lows reach 6°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Eastern Beach Reserve
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

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