15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Get in touch with nature at Crystal Cascades and Red Arrow Walk. And it doesn't end there: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, kick back and relax at Yorkeys Knob Beach, and explore the world behind art at Samurai Gallery Australia.

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Atlanta, USA to Cairns is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 15 hours. Traveling from Atlanta in January, things will get warmer in Cairns: highs are around 89°F and lows about 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

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Port Douglas

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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 17th (Tue), indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio, stroll through Opal Reef, and then kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas tour itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to fly to Melbourne.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like St. Kilda Beach and Sorrento Back Beach. Visiting Swim with Dolphins and Cheap AZ Travel will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at ArtVo, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Port Douglas to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Port Douglas in January, things will get slightly colder in Melbourne: highs are around 81°F and lows about 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to fly to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Manly Scenic Walkway and Shelly Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Bronte Beach. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and stop by Darling Harbour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 68°F in Sydney. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

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Australia travel guide

Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
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.