15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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1
Sydney
— 3 nights
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
5
Port Douglas
— 3 nights

3
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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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary planning website.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Sydney. In August, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

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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nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, admire the striking features of Royal Exhibition Building, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in September, with highs in Melbourne at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Wineries
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, hike along Kuniya Walk, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally don't miss a visit to Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, thentake in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park itinerary planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is minus 0.5 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru Hiking Path ©
Uluru Hiking Path

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia, and admire the striking features of Freshwater Station.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns day trip tool.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Cairns, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Spas

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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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip app.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre

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