14 days in Australia Itinerary

14 days in Australia Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
5
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
End: Sydney

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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sydney visit planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Sydney. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
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 museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, browse the collection at State Library Victoria, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building, and pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Melbourne, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and then take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, thentake an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and then stroll through Uluru Hiking Path.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park due to the time zone difference. In December, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 42°C and lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru ©
Uluru
Lungkata Walk ©
Lungkata Walk

3
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas (in Port Douglas) and Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cairns road trip site.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, you will find days in Cairns are little chillier (36°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Palm Cove Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 3rd (Sun), get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, stroll through Ned's Beach, thenkick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, and finally trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, use the Lord Howe Island online tour planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Lord Howe Island in 6.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Lord Howe Standard Time (LHST) is 0.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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