14 days in Australia Itinerary

14 days in Australia Itinerary

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14 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 1 day
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: San Francisco

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary website .

San Francisco, USA to Cairns is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 18 hours. In March, Cairns is much warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 87°F and lows of 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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 25th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In March, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Get outdoors at Valley of the Winds and Walpa Gorge. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, trek along Kuniya Walk, and view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online route planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Port Douglas in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 95°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, then brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and finally explore and take pictures at Royal Botanic Gardens. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Melbourne Zoo and then enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, Melbourne is little chillier than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of 78°F and lows of 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Manly Beach and Camp Cove. The Rocks and Vaucluse House will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney online attractions planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sydney, with lows of 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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