15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia tour planner
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Fly to Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport, Drive to Katoomba
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Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly
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Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly

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Katoomba — 3 nights

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Katoomba is known for sightseeing, nature, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Wentworth Falls Lookout, take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and make a trip to Sublime Point Lookout.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Katoomba travel app.

Vypin Island, India to Katoomba is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Vypin Island to Katoomba, you'll lose 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, Katoomba is little chillier than Vypin Island - with highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sydney.
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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 beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and stroll through Bondi Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner.

Drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Melbourne.
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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, shopping, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and relax and rejuvenate at Elite Male Massage.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne holiday planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Sydney in January, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Port Douglas.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): look for gifts at Coffee Works Port Douglas, then meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas route planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Port Douglas in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in January: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Cairns.
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Cairns — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.
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Highlights from your trip

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
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.
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