15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Boston
bus + Fly:  34​h
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Boston

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Wentworth Falls and Palm Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Katoomba). The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Clovelly, identify plant and animal life at North Head Sanctuary, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sydney travel route planner .

Boston, USA to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Boston to Sydney, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boston in March, things will get much warmer in Sydney: highs are around 79°F and lows about 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Manly, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Palm Beach
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman

2
nights
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 17th (Sun): take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): admire all the interesting features of Go-Kart Racing Track, stroll through Catseye Beach, and then head outdoors with Jetryder.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hamilton Island road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Hamilton Island takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Hamilton Island when traveling from Sydney in March, with lows around 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Go-Kart Racing Track ©
Go-Kart Racing Track

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.
On the 19th (Tue), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cairns online day trip planner .

You can fly from Hamilton Island to Cairns in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in March, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Skydiving
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Take a break from the city and head to Eastern Beach Reserve and Ballarat Wildlife Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at 13th Beach and St George's Lake. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne day trip site .

You can fly from Cairns to Melbourne in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in March, things will get a bit cooler in Melbourne: highs are around 78°F and lows about 56°F. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballarat Wildlife Park, Eastern Beach Reserve, St George's Lake, 13th Beach
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Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
13th Beach ©
13th Beach

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