14 days in Australia Itinerary

14 days in Australia Itinerary

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14 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly + shuttle:  29​h
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Detroit

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.
Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and look for gifts at With Sugar.

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Detroit, USA to Port Douglas is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight, car, and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Safaris

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 23rd (Fri): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Melbourne online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Melbourne takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Port Douglas in August, with highs in Melbourne at 57°F and lows at 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

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.
Family-friendly places like Bondi Beach and Powerhouse Museum will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, make a trip to Mrs Macquarie's Chair, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sydney holiday builder website .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in August; daily highs in Sydney reach 66°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
nights
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 28th (Wed): observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfers Paradise Beach, and then get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip itinerary site .

Fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. August in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
On the 30th (Fri), get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout and then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane travel route builder tool .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

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