15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly
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Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive
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Katoomba
— 2 nights
Train to Sydney, Fly to Cairns
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Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive
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Cairns
— 1 night
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Melbourne

— 4 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 29th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and make a trip to Block Arcade.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary builder website.

Glasgow, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Glasgow to Melbourne is 10 hours. When traveling from Glasgow in December, plan for much hotter days in Melbourne, with highs around 30°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Sydney

— 4 nights

The Harbour City

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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in December, Sydney is a bit warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Katoomba

— 2 nights
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): hike along Narrow Neck Trail, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then make a trip to Gallery Blackheath. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, then get outside with Eagle Rock Adventures Pty Ltd, and then get great views at Cahill's Lookout.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Katoomba holiday maker site.

Drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Port Douglas

— 1 night
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 7th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Opal Reef, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Port Douglas day trip app.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Port Douglas takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Katoomba in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Port Douglas, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Cairns

— 1 night

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
On the 8th (Sat), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip site.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Australia travel guide

4.7
Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.