14 days in Australia Itinerary

14 days in Australia Itinerary

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14 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Phnom Penh
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Phnom Penh

1
night
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 23rd (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll around Tanks Arts Centre, then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, and then experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary maker app .

Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Cairns is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Indochina Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 3 hour difference. In December, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Tanks Arts Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, trek along Kuniya Walk, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip planning tool .

Fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cairns in December, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit warmer (42°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to 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
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Take a break from the city and head to Sandridge Beach and Melbourne Zoo. Do your shopping at Melbourne Central and Lightning Ridge Opal Mines. There's lots more to do: stop by Readings Book Shop, shop like a local with The White Room Interiors, buy something for everyone on your list at Bourke Street Mall, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, with highs in Melbourne at 30°C and lows at 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
Sandridge Beach ©
Sandridge Beach

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 30th (Sun), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ned's Beach, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, then play a few rounds at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach.

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

You can fly from Melbourne to Lord Howe Island in 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

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

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Head to Sydney Fish Market and Opal Mindedfor some retail therapy. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and kick back and relax at Coogee Beach.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sydney online itinerary planner .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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