15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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Fly
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Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Fly
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Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sydney
— 4 nights
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Cairns

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Cattana Wetlands, take a stroll around Tanks Arts Centre, then explore the activities along Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens, and finally stroll around Munro Martin Parklands. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, get some thrills on the water with Bad Fishy Jet Boating, then explore the world behind art at Cairns Art Gallery, and finally explore the galleries of Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cairns online holiday planner.

Nashville, USA to Cairns is an approximately 28-hour flight. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Nashville to Cairns due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Cairns are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Shopping · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:

3
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mossman Gorge Centre and Reef Sprinter. Get in touch with nature at Agincourt Reef and Safaris. There's lots more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas journey planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 11:

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Port Douglas in September, expect nights in Airlie Beach to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:

2
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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 14th (Tue), gain a rich perspective with Tropical Fruit World, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolangatta Beach, and then stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): get up close to creatures of the deep with Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching, buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip planner.

Fly from Airlie Beach to Gold Coast in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Gold Coast when traveling from Airlie Beach in September, with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:

4
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Sydney

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.
Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Bondi to Coogee Walk. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Bronte Beach. The adventure continues: wander the streets of King Street, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, step aboard James Craig Tall Ship, and visit The Rocks.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sydney road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in September, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Parks · Neighborhoods · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 19:

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
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.