14 days in Australia Itinerary

14 days in Australia Itinerary

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14 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Hobart
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

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London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Cairns, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in January, things will get much hotter in Cairns: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolangatta Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in January, things will get little chillier in Gold Coast: highs are around 33°C and lows about 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

1
night
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 19th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary, then steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, then examine the collection at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Bellerive Beach. On the next day, kick back and relax at Opossum Bay Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kingston Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

To find maps and other tourist information, go to the Hobart tour itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Hobart takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Gold Coast in January; daily highs in Hobart reach 26°C and lows reach 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bellerive Beach, Opossum Bay Beach, Kingston Beach
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum ©
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): get curious at Questacon, get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, then explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, and then explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Canberra route maker tool .

Getting from Hobart to Canberra by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Hobart in January, expect nights in Canberra to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 35°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Nature
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National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

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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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Visiting Manly Beach and Camp Cove will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through The Rocks, look for gifts at Sydney Fish Market, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sydney travel planner.

Drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Canberra in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sydney, with lows of 23°C. You will leave for home on the 26th (Sat).

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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