14 days in Australia Itinerary

14 days in Australia Itinerary

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14 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  12​h
1
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 1 night
+4
bus + foot + bus + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 1 day
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Cape Tribulation
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Melbourne
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Lord Howe Island
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Melbourne


1
night
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Ubirr, identify plant and animal life at Cahills Crossing, and then steep yourself in history at Nourlangie Rock. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Warradjan Cultural Centre, identify plant and animal life at Yellow Water, and then identify plant and animal life at Anbangbang Billabong.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip planner .

Melbourne to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Cahills Crossing ©
Cahills Crossing
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water

1
day
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.
On the 18th (Thu), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Adventure Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): trek along Dubuji Boardwalk, then kick back and relax at Myall Beach, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cape Tribulation trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. In October in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk

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 20th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and shuttle; or drive. In October in Cairns, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity 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 22nd (Mon), trek along Uluru Hiking Path, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, hike along Kuniya Walk, then explore and take pictures at Uluru, and finally explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder tool .

Fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Cairns, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

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

1
day
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, then enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October, you will find days in Melbourne are colder (24°C), and nights are a bit cooler (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

1
day
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 25th (Thu), hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach, then get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Lord Howe Island takes 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) 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
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails
Lord Howe Island Museum ©
Lord Howe Island 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): stroll through Bondi Beach, take a stroll through The Rocks, and then kick back and relax at Manly Beach. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney tour itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. In October in Sydney, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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