14 days in Australia Itinerary

14 days in Australia Itinerary

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14 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Macon
Fly:  30​h
1
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Macon

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.
On the 7th (Mon), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Sandridge Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, and then take a memorable tour with Melbourne Boat Hire.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip website .

Macon, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Macon to Melbourne is 15 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Macon in January: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 81°F and lows are around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

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St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Sandridge Beach ©
Sandridge 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 9th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and finally explore and take pictures at Uluru. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Walpa Gorge, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, and then hike along Uluru Hiking Path.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park travel itinerary planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in January; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 99°F and lows reach 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cairns online sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, you will find days in Cairns are little chillier (89°F), and nights are about the same (75°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower and then hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Lord Howe Island online day trip planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Lord Howe Island in 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

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

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.
Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Manly Beach and Camp Cove. There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Coogee Beach ©
Coogee Beach

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