15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Perth
1
Perth
— 1 day
Fly + shuttle:  8​h 30​min
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Perth

1
day
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 23rd (Sun): explore the activities along Swan River, contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Perth travel route tool .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Perth. In December, daily temperatures in Perth can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to 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 24th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas journey site .

You can 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. Traveling from Perth to Port Douglas, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Port Douglas, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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.
On the 26th (Wed), get interesting insight from Tours. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and make a trip to Field of Light.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip site .

You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Cairns in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 42°C by day to 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

3
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, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and take a stroll through The Rocks.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, with highs in Sydney at 32°C and lows at 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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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: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, Melbourne is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks 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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