14 days in Australia Itinerary

14 days in Australia Itinerary

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14 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Seattle

2
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, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, make a trip to Shrine of Remembrance, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip planning site .

Seattle, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from Seattle to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in October, expect nights in Melbourne to be about the same, around 47°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

1
night
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 19th (Fri), explore the activities along Swan River and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Perth online visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Perth takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Australian Western Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in October, expect nights in Perth to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River

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.
On the 20th (Sat), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral and then relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cairns itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Perth to Cairns takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 2 hours. Traveling from Perth in October, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 85°F and 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

2
nights
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 22nd (Mon): trek along Uluru Hiking Path, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then hike along Kuniya Walk, and finally admire all the interesting features of Uluru. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Walpa Gorge and then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park driving holiday planning site .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cairns in October, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit warmer (91°F), and nights are little chillier (60°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge

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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October: highs in Sydney hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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