15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia itinerary planner

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Gold Coast
— 3 nights
— 3 nights
Fly to Hervey Bay, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Cairns
Port Douglas
— 3 nights


Gold Coast

— 3 nights
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Surfers Paradise Beach and Kirra Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Burleigh Heads Beach and Cape Byron Walking Track. Change things up with these side-trips from Gold Coast: Byron Bay (The Byron Bay Book Exchange & Sundive Byron Bay). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, soothe aching muscles at Essence of Living Yoga & Pilates Studio, identify plant and animal life at Coombabah Lake Nature Reserve, and get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip planner.

Melbourne to Gold Coast is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Melbourne in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Gold Coast, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip


— 3 nights

Australia's New World City

Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Visiting Mooloolaba Beach and The Brisbane River will get you outdoors. Step out of Brisbane to go to Mooloolaba and see Boat Tours & Water Sports, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, try out the rides at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip planner.

Drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Brisbane sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Fraser Island

— 3 nights
Escape the urban bustle at Lake McKenzie and Indian Head. You'll get in some beach time at Eli Creek and Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Fraser Island trip website.

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Port Douglas

— 3 nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Rex Lookout in Wangetti (about 30 minutes away). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, and look for gifts at With Sugar.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planner.

Getting from Fraser Island to Port Douglas by combination of car, ferry, and flight takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, train, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Australia travel guide

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.