15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Bristol
Fly:  25​h
1
Cairns
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 2 nights
7
Adelaide
— 1 night
8
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  22​h 30​min
End: Bristol

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip builder .

Bristol, UK to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bristol to Cairns is 10 hours. In September in Cairns, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

2
nights
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.
On the 16th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): look for gifts at With Sugar, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
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.
On the 18th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and finally trek along Kuniya Walk. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a walk through Lungkata Walk and then appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in September, plan for little chillier nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then walk around South Bank Parklands.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Brisbane using our trip planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in September, plan for little chillier days in Brisbane, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

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

2
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.
On the 21st (Mon), take a stroll through The Rocks, then snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, then catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Keep things going the next day: hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, then stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and then take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney planner .

Fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September in Sydney, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Melbourne route planner .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in September; daily highs in Melbourne reach 20°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

1
night
Adelaide

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of South Australia, take in nature's colorful creations at The Cedars, and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Adelaide route builder website .

Getting from Melbourne to Adelaide by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Adelaide

Tours Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

The Cedars
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Art Gallery of South Australia ©
Art Gallery of South Australia

2
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 26th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, then pause for some photo ops at State War Memorial, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Perth trip planner .

You can fly from Adelaide to Perth in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Adelaide to Perth due to the time zone difference. In September in Perth, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature
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Highlights from your plan
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
State War Memorial ©
State War Memorial

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