15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
4
Adelaide
— 2 nights
5
Melbourne
— 2 nights
6
Sydney
— 3 nights

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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 14th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery and then walk around South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha and then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip planner.

Orlando, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Orlando to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Orlando in August, expect Brisbane to be much colder, temps between °F and °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Museums
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha
Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha

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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 16th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Opal Reef, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip planner.

Getting from Brisbane to Port Douglas by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Brisbane in August, with highs in Port Douglas at °F and lows at °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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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 18th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Palm Cove Beach, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cairns road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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Adelaide

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at The Cedars, thenget engrossed in the history at Migration Museum, thenget a new perspective on nature at South Australian Museum, and finally stop by Unique Opal Mine Pty Ltd.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Adelaide trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Adelaide takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairns to Adelaide is minus 0.5 hours. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Cairns in August: highs in Adelaide hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

Tours Wineries Museums

Side Trip

The Cedars
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Wine Tours & Tastings
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Migration Museum
Migration Museum

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Melbourne Zoo, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and then admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, thenenjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and finally make a trip to Flinders Street Station.

For more things to do and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Melbourne are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, thensnap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, thenlisten to music at Sydney Opera House, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, thenhike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, thenkick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and finally walk around Nielsen Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Sydney using our trip planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in August, with highs in Sydney at °F and lows at °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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