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
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Brisbane
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
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.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo.

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The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Melbourne. In September, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Tours
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in September, expect Sydney to be a bit warmer, temps between 25°C and 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

1
night
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then stroll around South Bank Parklands.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane road trip site .

Fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 9th (Mon), explore the activities along Wanggoolba Creek and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Fraser Island Great Walk and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island online trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Fraser Island Great Walk ©
Fraser Island Great Walk
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

1
night
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.
On the 11th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens and then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk. Keep things going the next day: take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cairns, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Cairns takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

1
night
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 (Fri): stop by With Sugar, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, and head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park travel planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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