14 days in Australia Itinerary

14 days in Australia Itinerary

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14 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Seattle
+2
shuttle + subway + Fly:  24​h
1
Cairns
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 15​min
4
Perth
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Seattle

1
night
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 2nd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, then take a memorable drive along Captain Cook Highway, then have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and finally take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns travel site .

Seattle, USA to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour combination of shuttle and flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Seattle to Cairns, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Seattle in February: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 88°F and lows are around 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, take a memorable tour with Tours.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip maker tool .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In February in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art, get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. Keep things going the next day: hike along Uluru Hiking Path, then go for a walk through Field of Light, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and finally get outside with Walpa Gorge.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in February, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit warmer (98°F), and nights are about the same (71°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

1
day
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 8th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, then get a new perspective on things with Kite Adventure Safari Australia, and then explore the activities along Swan River.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Perth online tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February, things will get little chillier in Perth: highs are around 90°F and lows about 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Adventure Outdoors
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and then take a tour by water with Melbourne Boat Hire. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Melbourne road trip tool .

You can fly from Perth to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Melbourne. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Perth in February, with highs in Melbourne at 81°F and lows at 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Tours
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in February, with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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