15 days in Island of Hawaii, Honolulu & Brisbane Itinerary

15 days in Island of Hawaii, Honolulu & Brisbane Itinerary

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15 days in Island of Hawaii, Honolulu & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  13​h
1
Hilo, United States
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, United States
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Hawi, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Kailua-Kona, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Honolulu, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
6
Brisbane, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Sydney, Australia

1
day
Hilo, United States

Hilo ©
One of the island of Hawaii's major towns, Hilo contains a mix of Asian and Polynesian cultures and is known for its proximity to a national park encompassing two active volcanoes.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, look and learn at Imiloa Astronomy Center, admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, then admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Extreme Exposure Fine Art Gallery.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hilo trip itinerary builder site .

Sydney, Australia to Hilo is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Hilo, you'll gain 20 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in May, with highs in Hilo at 32°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Hilo

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Find places to stay May 24 — 25:
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Imiloa Astronomy Center ©
Imiloa Astronomy Center
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

3
nights
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, United States

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park ©
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Spend the 26th (Sun) among the fascinating landscape of Kulanaokuaiki Campground. The adventure continues: stroll through Kilauea Iki Trailhead, cruise along Devastation Trail, get outside with Keanakakoi Crater Overlook, and explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku).

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Hilo to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hawi.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay May 24 — 27:
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Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Kulanaokuaiki Campground ©
Kulanaokuaiki Campground
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail ©
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail

1
night
Hawi, United States

Hawi ©
Hawi is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Puukohola National Historic Park, admire the majestic nature at Lapakahi State Historical Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kohala Historical Sites State Monument, view the masterpieces at Ackerman Galleries, then pause for some photo ops at Statue "King Kamehameha", and finally appreciate the views at Pololu Valley Lookout.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hawi trip planning tool .

Getting from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Hawi by car takes about 3 hours. While traveling from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Hawi, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hawi

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Kapaau, Puukohola National Historic Park
Find places to stay May 27 — 28:
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Puukohola National Historic Park ©
Puukohola National Historic Park
Lapakahi State Historical Park ©
Lapakahi State Historical Park

2
nights
Kailua-Kona, United States

Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, then explore the galleries of Kona Coffee Living History Farm, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, and finally kick back and relax at Kahaluu Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Mauna Kea Beach and then admire the majestic nature at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Hawi to Kailua-Kona takes 1.5 hours. While traveling from Hawi, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Kailua-Kona, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Mauna Kea Beach, Kona Coffee Living History Farm, Kahaluu Beach
Find places to stay May 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

4
nights
Honolulu, United States

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Family-friendly places like Waikiki Beach and Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua), Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea) and Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, and admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Honolulu trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Kailua-Kona to Honolulu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in May, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, Kailua Beach Park
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 3:
Highlights from your plan
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial

2
nights
Brisbane, Australia

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.
Kids will enjoy Sea World Theme Park and Moffat Beach. There's still lots to do: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, get your game on at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and stop by Psychic Readings Twin Featherz.

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You can fly from Honolulu to Brisbane in 12.5 hours. You'll lose 20 hours traveling from Honolulu to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Honolulu in June, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Brisbane: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Moffat Beach, Sea World Theme Park
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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