15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Wichita
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  15​h 30​min
3
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  9​h
4
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  21​h
End: Wichita

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.
The Rocks and Australian Centre for Photography are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Bondi Beach and Clovelly will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, kick back and relax at Camp Cove, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney online itinerary planner .

Wichita, USA to Sydney is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Wichita to Sydney. Traveling from Wichita in December, expect Sydney to be much warmer, temps between 81°F and 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

1
night
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 8th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach, learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island tour itinerary planning website .

Fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Jabiru.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Museum ©
Lord Howe Island Museum

2
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cahills Crossing and Ubirr. Escape the urban bustle at Twin Falls and Anbangbang Billabong. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Nourlangie Rock, take in the dramatic natural features at Maguk Gorge, and make a trip to Bardedjilidji Walk.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Jabiru tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Lord Howe Island to Jabiru takes 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Lord Howe Island to Jabiru, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Cahills Crossing ©
Cahills Crossing
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then stroll through Palm Cove Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cairns, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru to Cairns in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in December, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path, then view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): 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 other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park travel planner .

Fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Cairns in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 97°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

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

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.
On the 16th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the landmark architecture of Shrine of Remembrance, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sandridge Beach. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip planner.

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 78°F and lows are around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Museums
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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