15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  16​h
1
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
4
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
6
Townsville
— 1 day
ferry:  30​min
7
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
+3
ferry + bus + foot + Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Dubai

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): get a sense of history and politics at Parliament House of Victoria, then enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, then admire the landmark architecture of Shrine of Remembrance, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Melbourne Zoo, then see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and then explore and take pictures at Royal Exhibition Building.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Melbourne is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Dubai in April, with highs in Melbourne at 23°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
On the 14th (Sun), kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, then trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and finally take a stroll through The Rocks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach and then wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Sydney online trip builder .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in April since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

2
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 16th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then play a few rounds at Surfers Paradise Golf Club. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolangatta Beach, and then kick back and relax at Kirra Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

1
night
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
On the 18th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Gallery of Modern Art, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then stroll through Moffat Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane travel route builder app .

Getting from Gold Coast to Brisbane by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art

2
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park, explore the galleries of Tjanpi Desert Weavers, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, get great views at Anzac Hill, then contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, then explore the striking landscape of Emily Gap, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Alice Springs day trip planner .

Fly from Brisbane to Alice Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Brisbane in April, you will find days in Alice Springs are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are little chillier (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Walking tours
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary

1
day
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, and then take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Townsville road trip planner.

You can fly from Alice Springs to Townsville in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alice Springs in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 24°C in Townsville. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

1
night
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
On the 22nd (Mon), choose your vessel at Big Mama Sailing, then enjoy the sand and surf at Geoffrey Bay, and then head off the coast to Magnetic Island Forts Walk.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Magnetic Island tour itinerary planning tool .

Magnetic Island is just a short distance from Townsville. In April, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

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.
On the 23rd (Tue), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Magnetic Island to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. April in Cairns sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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