14 days in Australia Itinerary

14 days in Australia Itinerary

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14 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Milan

2
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Freshwater Beach. The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, stroll through Clovelly, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip maker .

Milan, Italy to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Milan to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Milan in December, with highs in Sydney at 32°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, then enjoy the sand and surf 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 traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lord Howe Island trip planner .

Getting from Sydney to Lord Howe Island by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

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

1
night
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then stroll through Coolangatta Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast road trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lord Howe Island to Gold Coast. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Half Moon Bay, then kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and finally kick back and relax at Sandridge Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Melbourne Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, then brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and finally admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne route maker site .

Fly from Gold Coast to Melbourne in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Gold Coast in December, with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
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.
On the 2nd (Wed), trek along Uluru Hiking Path, get your bearings at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and finally make a trip to Field of Light.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online day trip planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in January, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 43°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

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 5th (Sat): stroll through Palm Cove Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yorkeys Knob Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cairns travel itinerary 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, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are slightly colder, around 37°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Adventure Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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