15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Cape Tribulation
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Head to Melbourne Central and South Melbourne Marketfor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, stop by Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, buy something for everyone on your list at Emporium Melbourne, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne road trip website .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Melbourne. July in Melbourne sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Federation Square ©
Federation Square
South Melbourne Market ©
South Melbourne Market

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sydney Fish Market and Danks Street Produce Merchants. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach. And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of The Rocks, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and admire the masterpieces at Brett Whiteley Studio.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Sydney tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. While traveling from Melbourne, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery, and finally stop by With Sugar. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas road trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Sydney to Port Douglas in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in July: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 30°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Sunday Market Port Douglas ©
Sunday Market Port Douglas

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Thornton Beach, then learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum, and finally kick back and relax at Myall Beach.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cape Tribulation trip builder website .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation 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 16th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach, take a stroll around Tanks Arts Centre, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): explore the galleries of Village Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, and then hunt for treasures at Rusty's Market.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Cairns attractions planner .

Drive from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Cairns sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Walkatjara Art, make a trip to Uluru, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and hike along Kuniya Walk.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip planner .

Fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Cairns, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

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