15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Melbourne
— 2 nights
End: Sydney

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Manly Beach and Bondi Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Clovelly Beach. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Wentworth Falls in Katoomba, approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sydney itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Sydney. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Katoomba
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Burleigh Head National Park and Coolangatta Beach. Get outdoors at Kirra Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. When in Gold Coast, make a side trip to see Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Byron Bay, approximately 1h 20 min away. Spend the 27th (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast tour itinerary builder site .

Fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. December in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museum of Brisbane, enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Keep things going the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Brisbane

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Museum of Brisbane ©
Museum of Brisbane

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Valley of the Winds and Walpa Gorge. Get a sense of the local culture at Kata Tjuta and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Uluru, get great views at Uluru, hike along Kuniya Walk, and take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park travel route planning app .

You can fly from Brisbane to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Brisbane in December, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 42°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Royal Botanic Gardens and Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. Attractions like Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Melbourne Zoo, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, things will get a bit cooler in Melbourne: highs are around 32°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Healesville Sanctuary, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Healesville Sanctuary ©
Healesville Sanctuary
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

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