15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Shuttle:  26​h
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: London

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then stop by With Sugar. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip builder tool .

London, UK to Port Douglas is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Port Douglas due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in May: highs in Port Douglas hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore and take pictures at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, then stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns planning app .

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Spas
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and stroll through Bondi Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Sydney road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cairns in May; daily highs in Sydney reach 24°C and lows reach 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

3
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, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the striking features of Royal Exhibition Building, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo.

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You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in May, things will get slightly colder in Melbourne: highs are around 20°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Fremantle Prison, then take an in-depth tour of The Nostalgia Box Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Perth trip itinerary builder app .

Fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in May, you will find days in Perth are a bit warmer (25°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). On the 26th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
The Nostalgia Box Museum ©
The Nostalgia Box Museum

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