15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  32​h
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 30​min
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Manchester

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally hike along Uluru Hiking Path. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Walpa Gorge, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, and then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder site .

Manchester, UK to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 32-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Manchester to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in January; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 43°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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.
Get outdoors at Manly Beach and Clovelly. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Australian National Maritime Museum. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, and trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, expect Sydney to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ned's Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island online itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

2
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Horses in Port. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Thornton Beach and Myall Beach. Spend the 5th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Lord Howe Island to Port Douglas takes 7.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Cape Tribulation
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach

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 7th (Fri), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 9th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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