14 days in Australia Itinerary

14 days in Australia Itinerary

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14 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Perth
— Few hours
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
5
Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Milan

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hours
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Perth trip planner .

Milan, Italy to Perth is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Traveling from Milan to Perth, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Milan in December, with highs in Perth at 35°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, then meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, then brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne day trip planning app .

You can fly from Perth to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) is 2 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Perth in December; daily highs in Melbourne reach 30°C and lows reach 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sydney road trip planning app .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Sydney. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

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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 31st (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, get your bearings at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, trek along Kuniya Walk, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally explore and take pictures at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path, then go for a walk through Field of Light, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and finally get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 42°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

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 2nd (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Douglas: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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