15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Seattle

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bondi Beach and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly, about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, get curious at Powerhouse Museum, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner.

Seattle, USA to Sydney is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from Seattle to Sydney due to the time zone difference. In December, Sydney is much warmer than Seattle - with highs of 81°F and lows of 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

4
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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 Old Melbourne Gaol. Step out of Melbourne to go to Werribee and see Werribee Open Range Zoo, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, stroll around Fitzroy Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, and pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online itinerary planner .

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 December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Melbourne, with lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Tours

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
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.
Bring the kids along to Warner Bros. Movie World and Dreamworld. Change things up with a short trip to South Bank Parklands in Brisbane (about 1h 10 min away). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach, get to know the resident critters at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, identify plant and animal life at David Fleay Wildlife Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast day trip site .

You can fly from Melbourne to Gold Coast in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Gold Coast, with lows of 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Beaches

Side Trip

South Bank Parklands
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld

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