15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
bus:  30​min
4
Palm Cove
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

4
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.
Family-friendly places like Muddy's Playground and ZOO TO YOU HQ - Discovery Centre will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, don't miss a visit to Green Island, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cairns sightseeing tool .

Melbourne to Cairns is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In August, Cairns is much warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

3
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Kids will enjoy Daintree Discovery Centre and Thornton Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cape Tribulation side-trips: Daintree (Photography Tours & Floravilla Ice Cream Factory) and Cow Bay Beach (in Cow Bay). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Myall Beach, get a new perspective on nature at Daintree Entomological museum, hike along Dubuji Boardwalk, and admire the natural beauty at Marrdja Botanical Walk.

To plan Cape Tribulation vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Daintree
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Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Cow Bay Beach ©
Cow Bay Beach

4
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.
Attractions like Four Mile Beach and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, head outdoors with Horses in Port, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Opal Reef.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas online visit planner .

Drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Palm Cove.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Wonga Beach, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

3
nights
Palm Cove

Palm Cove ©
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
Family-friendly places like Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Barron Gorge National Park, explore the striking landscape at Earl Hill, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Palm Cove trip planner .

Palm Cove is just a stone's throw from Port Douglas. In August in Palm Cove, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Cove

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Barron Gorge National Park
Highlights from your plan
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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