14 days in Australia Itinerary

14 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New York City
Fly:  22 h 30 min
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  6 h 30 min
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  26 h
End: New York City

2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): stroll around Roma Street Parkland and then walk around South Bank Parklands. On the next day, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Brisbane trip itinerary planning site.

New York City, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 23- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 15 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in January, with highs in Brisbane at 84°F and lows at 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and visit The Rocks.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Sydney route planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in January, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip maker site.

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Melbourne, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Balloon Rides
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

2
nights
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 27th (Wed), get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. On your second day here, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery, and finally stop by Coffee Works Port Douglas.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas holiday tool.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Melbourne to Port Douglas in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, Port Douglas is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 89°F and lows of 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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 29th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns road trip planning tool.

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Cairns Cenotaph ©
Cairns Cenotaph

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