15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  26​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
3
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  22​h 30​min
End: New York City

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take a stroll through The Rocks, and stroll through Bondi Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sydney holiday planner .

New York City, USA to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from New York City to Sydney. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in November; daily highs in Sydney reach 77°F and lows reach 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

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

4
nights
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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Safaris, Four Mile Beach, & more). There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the exciting artwork at Village Gallery, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cairns journey planner.

Getting from Sydney to Cairns by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in November, with highs in Cairns at 87°F and lows at 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, examine the collection at HMAS Castlemaine, and don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Melbourne in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in November, expect nights in Melbourne to be colder, around 50°F, while days are slightly colder, around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Scenic Drive

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then walk around South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then try out the rides at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Melbourne to Brisbane in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in November; daily highs in Brisbane reach 80°F and lows reach 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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