15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia itinerary planner

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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
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Cairns
— 3 nights
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Sydney
— 4 nights
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Melbourne
— 3 nights
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Port Douglas

— 2 nights
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.
Spend the 14th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip maker tool.

Paris, France to Port Douglas is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Paris to Port Douglas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paris in December, expect Port Douglas to be much warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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Cairns

— 3 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Spend the 16th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 17th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cairns day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
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Sydney

— 4 nights

The Harbour City

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, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Sydney tour builder app.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cairns in December, with highs in Sydney at 32°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Beaches

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Melbourne

— 3 nights

Australia's Garden City

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 sightseeing, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

For maps and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip maker.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Melbourne, with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours · Historic Sites
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Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.