14 days in Australia Itinerary

14 days in Australia Itinerary

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14 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Melbourne
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Port Campbell
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Apollo Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Torquay
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
7
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: San Francisco


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 14th (Mon): admire the striking features of Shrine of Remembrance, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, stroll through St. Kilda Beach, then meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and finally stop by Haigh's Chocolates Collins Street. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, take a stroll through Degraves Street, and then take a stroll through Melbourne Central.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in May, with highs in Melbourne at 63°F and lows at 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Shopping Parks

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Balloon Rides

1
night
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Plan a Port Campbell trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Melbourne to Port Campbell in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Apollo Bay.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Wildlife Parks
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Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge

1
night
Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. On the 16th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Mait's Rest and then take some stellar pictures from Mariners Lookout.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Apollo Bay route site .

You can drive from Port Campbell to Apollo Bay in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Torquay.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Trails Outdoors Nature
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Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest
Mariners Lookout ©
Mariners Lookout

few
hours
Torquay

Torquay ©
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Bells Beach and then visit a coastal fixture at Split Point Lighthouse.

To find photos and other tourist information, read Torquay trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Apollo Bay to Torquay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Torquay sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Split Point Lighthouse
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Split Point Lighthouse ©
Split Point Lighthouse

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): try your luck at Crown Casino.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne trip tool .

Getting from Torquay to Melbourne by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Casinos Museums Fun & Games
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Crown Casino ©
Crown Casino
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Lightning Ridge Opal Mines ©
Lightning Ridge Opal Mines

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 19th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Palm Cove Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Melbourne, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 69°F. On the 20th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 20th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Passage Peak.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hamilton Island online trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Hamilton Island takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in May: highs in Hamilton Island hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Beaches Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak
Spas & Wellness

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.
Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Pulpit Rock Lookout. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. Next up on the itinerary: browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and identify plant and animal life at Muogamarra Nature Reserve.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip builder app .

Getting from Hamilton Island to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hamilton Island in May, things will get little chillier in Sydney: highs are around 70°F and lows about 54°F. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Pulpit Rock Lookout
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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