14 days in Australia Itinerary

14 days in Australia Itinerary

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14 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Fly + shuttle:  12​h 45​min
1
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Tokyo


1
night
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 23rd (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas road trip planner.

Tokyo, Japan to Port Douglas is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Tokyo to Port Douglas is 1 hour. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Tokyo in December: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trip

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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): hike along Kuniya Walk, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Walpa Gorge, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip planning site .

Getting from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in December, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 42°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Manly Beach and Maroubra Beach Rocky Climb. And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and kick back and relax at Camp Cove.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, with highs in Sydney at 32°C and lows at 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ned's Beach. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower, then explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid, and then hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Lord Howe Island using our trip planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Earl Hill. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cairns online visit planner .

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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