15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Port Elizabeth
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Perth
— 1 day
Fly + shuttle:  8​h
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Port Elizabeth

1
day
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Perth route planner.

Port Elizabeth, South Africa to Perth is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Port Elizabeth to Perth due to the time zone difference. In October, daytime highs in Perth are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and Daintree Discovery Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Douglas: Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach) and Daintree Entomological museum (in Diwan). There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, trot along with a tour on horseback, and get great views at Trinity Bay Lookout.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Perth to Port Douglas takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Port Douglas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Port Douglas: highs are around 34°C and lows about 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Daintree Discovery Centre
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach

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 9th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cairns travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In October, daytime highs in Cairns are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

3
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.
Bring the kids along to Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairns in October: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, and get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip maker tool .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in October; daily highs in Melbourne reach 24°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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