15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
2
Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
3
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5 h 15 min
6
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: Melbourne

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. Shop till you drop at Sydney Fish Market and Billich Gallery. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, admire the striking features of Queen Victoria Building, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary tool.

If you are flying in from India, the closest major aiport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In October, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

2
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
On the 4th (Fri), stroll around Flinders Chase National Park and then kick back and relax at Stokes Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Drift On Bliss, enjoy the sea views from Cape Willoughby Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation, and then sample the fine beverages at Kangaroo Island Spirits.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kangaroo Island online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Kangaroo Island in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and taxi. Traveling from Sydney to Kangaroo Island, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Kangaroo Island Spirits ©
Kangaroo Island Spirits

3
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): wander the streets of Rundle Mall, see where the action happens at Adelaide Oval, get a new perspective on nature at South Australian Museum, then explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia, and finally admire the masterpieces at Flinders University Art Museum & City Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Adelaide Botanic Garden, learn about winemaking at Ashton Hills Vineyard, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Adelaide route planner.

You can fly from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. October in Adelaide sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Adelaide

Tours Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Ashton Hills Vineyard
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Wine Tours & Tastings
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Ashton Hills Vineyard ©
Ashton Hills Vineyard

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then hike along Kuniya Walk, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole and then get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Adelaide in October; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 38°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

2
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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.
On the 11th (Fri), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and then take in the exciting artwork at Village Gallery. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, then view the masterpieces at Underart Gallery, and then view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns road trip planning website.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October, expect nights in Cairns to be a bit warmer, around 24°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Village Gallery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Village Gallery ©
Village Gallery
Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns ©
Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns

3
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.
On the 13th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery and then stroll around South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel).

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane day trip app.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in October, things will get a bit cooler in Brisbane: highs are around 29°C and lows about 19°C. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art

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