15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
3
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
5
Kangaroo Island
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
6
Hobart
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
End: Toronto

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.
Attractions like Bondi Beach and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, kick back and relax at Clovelly, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sydney itinerary site .

Toronto, Canada to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Toronto to Sydney, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Toronto in December, with highs in Sydney at 32°C and lows at 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi 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.
On the 26th (Wed), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, then stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach, and then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): find something for the whole family at Dreamworld.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast journey maker .

Getting from Sydney to Gold Coast by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. December in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld
Infinity Attraction ©
Infinity Attraction

1
night
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Agincourt Reef, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas tour itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Gold Coast to Port Douglas takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In December, Port Douglas is a bit warmer than Gold Coast - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

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 30th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, and then let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cairns journey planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain and then look for all kinds of wild species at Seal Bay Conservation Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Flinders Chase National Park.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kangaroo Island trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Cairns to Kangaroo Island takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
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Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain

1
night
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, then identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally take in the views from Richmond Bridge. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary and then get curious at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hobart road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Hobart in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In January in Hobart, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Richmond Bridge
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:
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Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery ©
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

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