15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Kahului, Maui
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Kangaroo Island
— 1 night
Fly + Shuttle:  9 h 30 min
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: Kahului, Maui

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.
Head to Sydney Fish Market and Brett Whiteley Studiofor plenty of shopping. Step out of the city life by going to Bondi to Coogee Walk and Bondi Beach. Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, stroll through Clovelly Beach, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

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Kahului, USA to Sydney is an approximately 14- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 20 hours. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): browse the different shops at Melbourne Central, then see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and then take a stroll around Federation Square. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, then admire the masterpieces at Buxton Contemporary, then pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, and finally stop by The Junk Company.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Melbourne, with lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central

1
night
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Flinders Chase National Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Stokes Beach.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kangaroo Island vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Stokes Beach ©
Stokes Beach

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Opal Reef. Visit Thornton Beach and Myall Beach for some beach relaxation. Go for a jaunt from Port Douglas to Diwan to see Daintree Entomological museum about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and look for gifts at With Sugar.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas online trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Kangaroo Island to Port Douglas takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Kangaroo Island to Port Douglas due to the time zone difference. In January, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Underart Gallery, then look for gifts at OK Gift Shop, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns route planner.

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 75°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

2
nights
Townsville

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Townsville trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Townsville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Townsville are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Townsville

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

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