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
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

3
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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach will get you outdoors. Family-friendly places like Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Four Mile Beach will thrill your kids.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cairns travel route planner .

San Francisco, USA to Cairns is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Cairns is 18 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in December, with highs in Cairns at 88°F and lows at 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Four Mile Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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.
On the 27th (Thu), hike along Kuniya Walk, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and then admire all the interesting features of Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, then view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cairns in December, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 70°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 97°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for 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
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Melbourne Central and Degraves Street. Attractions like Melbourne Museum and Nature & Wildlife Tours make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach.

Before you visit Melbourne, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, with highs in Melbourne at 78°F and lows at 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
Visit Bondi Beach and Clovelly for some beach relaxation. Kids will enjoy Australian National Maritime Museum and Manly Beach. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Sydney Fish Market, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and don't miss a visit to Queen Victoria Building (QVB).

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sydney travel 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 January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 68°F in Sydney. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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