15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: New Delhi

1
night
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 16th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, stroll through Palm Cove Beach, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cairns sightseeing planner .

New Delhi, India to Cairns is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New Delhi to Cairns is 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New Delhi in December: highs in Cairns hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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 18th (Tue), hike along Kuniya Walk, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, then view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path. On the next day, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge and then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Cairns in December, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 42°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Sandridge Beach and St. Kilda Beach. Old Melbourne Gaol and Shrine of Remembrance will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at Half Moon Bay, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip maker .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December; daily highs in Melbourne reach 30°C and lows reach 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

1
day
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): stroll through Lagoon Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island itinerary planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Lord Howe Island in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

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

5
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of The Rocks, stroll through Manly Beach, kick back and relax at Camp Cove, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney holiday planner.

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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