15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Darwin
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
5
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
End: Sydney

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and Shelly Beach. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Newcastle Memorial Walk in Newcastle--about 2 hours away. The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and take a stroll through The Rocks.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sydney itinerary planning site.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Sydney. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in July, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Bondi to Coogee Walk, Shelly Beach, Newcastle Memorial Walk
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach

2
nights
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.
On the 10th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Greenmount Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, and then stroll through Kirra Beach. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Kurrawa Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

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Cairns

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Port Douglas (Spas & Four Mile Beach) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). There's more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip maker app.

Getting from Gold Coast to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Gold Coast in July: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 30°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Spas

3
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Helicopter Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Litchfield National Park in Batchelor (about 1h 10 min away). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Berry Springs Nature Park, get engrossed in the history at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Darwin trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Darwin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) is minus 0.5 hours. When traveling from Cairns in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Darwin: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Berry Springs Nature Park ©
Berry Springs Nature Park
Helicopter Tours

3
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eastern Beach Reserve and Degraves Street. Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to Spas in Daylesford--about 1h 45 min away. And it doesn't end there: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, engage your brain at Australian Centre for the Moving Image, don't miss a visit to Southbank, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Darwin to Melbourne in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin to Melbourne, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Darwin in July, expect Melbourne to be colder, temps between 15°C and 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Spas, Eastern Beach Reserve
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Australian Centre for the Moving Image ©
Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Spas

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