15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Cairns
— 1 night
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
3
Mission Beach
— 1 night
4
Townsville
— 1 night
5
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
6
Yeppoon
— 1 night
7
Rainbow Beach
— 1 night
8
Brisbane
— 1 night
9
Gold Coast
— 1 night
10
Brisbane
— Few hours
11
Sydney
— 3 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary tool.

Melbourne to Cairns is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in December; daily highs in Cairns reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
On the 21st (Fri), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree National Park.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Port Douglas are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Daintree National Park
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

1
night
Mission Beach

Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Mission Arts, thencross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mission Beach trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Mission Beach takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Townsville.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Skydiving
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Mission Arts ©
Mission Arts

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night
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Riverway, thenhead off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, and then kick back and relax at The Strand. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): explore the galleries of The Drill Hall Studio, make a trip to Jezzine Barracks, and then go for a walk through Castle Hill.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Townsville online trip maker.

You can drive from Mission Beach to Townsville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Museums
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Airlie Beach trip planner.

You can drive from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yeppoon.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Yeppoon

Yeppoon ©
Yeppoon is a coastal town and locality in the Shire of Livingstone, Central Queensland, Australia. On the 27th (Thu), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Koorana Crocodile Farm, make a trip to Singing Ship, thengo for a walk through Bluff Point Walking Track, and finally ponder the design of Keppel Kraken.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Yeppoon trip planner.

You can drive from Airlie Beach to Yeppoon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect little chillier evenings in Yeppoon when traveling from Airlie Beach in December, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Yeppoon

Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

Singing Ship, Koorana Crocodile Farm
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Koorana Crocodile Farm ©
Koorana Crocodile Farm
Keppel Kraken ©
Keppel Kraken
Singing Ship ©
Singing Ship

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night
Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the activities along Poona Lake and then take in the dramatic natural features at Carlo Sand Blow.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rainbow Beach tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Yeppoon to Rainbow Beach takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Barnacles Dolphin Centre
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Carlo Sand Blow ©
Carlo Sand Blow
Poona Lake ©
Poona Lake
Searys Creek ©
Searys Creek

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.
To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane online tour planner.

You can drive from Rainbow Beach to Brisbane in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. On the 30th (Sun), you're off to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Tours Parks
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night
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 30th (Sun), observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park and then experience the excitement of Infinity Attraction. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast trip planner.

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. On the 31st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Infinity Attraction ©
Infinity Attraction

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hours
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

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

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take a stroll through The Rocks, thenadmire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, thengo for a walk through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, thentake in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and finally wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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