15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly + shuttle:  19​h
1
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Bengaluru

1
night
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 22nd (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Opal Reef, and then stop by With Sugar.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas tour planning tool .

Bengaluru, India to Port Douglas is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight, car, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Bengaluru to Port Douglas is 4 hours. Traveling from Bengaluru in December, expect Port Douglas to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catcht the bus 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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

3
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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Uluru, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, and head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 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 42°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Torquay to see The Great Ocean Road about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December; daily highs in Melbourne reach 30°C and lows reach 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

4
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney travel route builder app .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sydney, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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