14 days in Australia Itinerary

14 days in Australia Itinerary

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14 days in Australia Itinerary

Chicago
Fly:  25​h
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h
Chicago

2
days
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally steep yourself in history at Claremont House.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hobart trip planning site .

Chicago, USA to Hobart is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Chicago to Hobart, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, daytime highs in Hobart are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Hobart

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Claremont House
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Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery ©
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum ©
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

1
day
Gold Coast

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 8th (Mon), kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Hobart to Gold Coast takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Hobart in April, expect Gold Coast to be somewhat warmer, temps between 78°F and 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

2
days
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk. Keep things going the next day: hike along Uluru Hiking Path, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park travel planner .

Getting from Gold Coast to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in April, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit warmer (84°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trip

Yulara
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Floravilla Ice Cream Factory & Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Cow Bay Beach and then kick back and relax at Wonga Beach.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Port Douglas when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in April, with lows around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Cow Bay Beach, Wonga Beach
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Floravilla Ice Cream Factory ©
Floravilla Ice Cream Factory
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery

2
days
Cairns

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, kick back and relax at Yorkeys Knob Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Michael Seebeck Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Michaelmas Cay, and then stop by Cairns Art Gallery.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In April in Cairns, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
Yorkeys Knob Beach ©
Yorkeys Knob Beach

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