15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Perth
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  8​h 30​min
5
Port Douglas
— 1 night
6
Cairns
— 3 nights
End: Melbourne

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.
Dedicate the 23rd (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne day trip planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Melbourne. In December in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and kick back and relax at Coogee Beach.

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You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): ponder the world of politics at Royal Australian Mint, then ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia, then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and finally make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Canberra day trip planner .

Getting from Sydney to Canberra by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sydney in December since evenings lows in Canberra dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
Mount Ainslie Lookout ©
Mount Ainslie Lookout

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Perth trip planner .

Getting from Canberra to Perth by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. December in Perth sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Perth to Port Douglas in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Port Douglas when traveling from Perth in December, with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 1st (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cairns 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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