15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

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

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 in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sydney road trip website .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Sydney. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

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 25th (Tue): ponder the world of politics at Royal Australian Mint, then ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and finally don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Canberra trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Sydney in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Canberra, with lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the activities along Swan River, then steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Perth trip itinerary tool .

You can fly from Canberra to Perth in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Canberra to Perth is minus 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Perth can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas online trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Perth to Port Douglas in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Port Douglas. Traveling from Perth in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in Port Douglas. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 29th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. December in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take a tour by water with Melbourne Boat Hire, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in January, things will get slightly colder in Melbourne: highs are around 32°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

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