14 days in Australia Itinerary

14 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia tour planner

Make it your trip
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Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Blackheath
— 1 night
Drive
5
Jenolan Caves
— 1 night
Drive
6
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly
7
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Apollo Bay
— 1 night
Drive
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Daylesford
— 1 night
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Cairns

— 2 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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 23rd (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Bones and Jones, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns travel route planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Cairns is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Cairns. In December, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

Gold Coast

— 1 night
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.
On the 25th (Wed), buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Centre, then stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach, and then kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Gold Coast takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in December, things will get slightly colder in Gold Coast: highs are around 32°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

Sydney

— 3 nights

The Harbour City

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 Manly Beach. Shop till you drop at Sydney Fish Market and Brett Whiteley Studio. And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and visit Darling Harbour.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney tour itinerary maker app.

Fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Blackheath.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:

Blackheath

— 1 night
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
On the 29th (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, then browse for treasures at Odd Mountain, then explore and take pictures at The National Pass, and finally admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls Lookout.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Blackheath trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sydney to Blackheath in 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Blackheath can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Jenolan Caves.

Things to do in Blackheath

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

Jenolan Caves

— 1 night
On the 30th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Lake and then Head underground at Jenolan Caves.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Jenolan Caves tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Blackheath to Jenolan Caves in an hour. In December in Jenolan Caves, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Jenolan Caves

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
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Canberra

— 1 night

The Bush Capital

A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 31st (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, and then identify plant and animal life at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Canberra travel route planning website.

You can drive from Jenolan Caves to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Jenolan Caves in December, Canberra is little chillier at night with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:

Melbourne

— 2 nights

Australia's Garden City

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 1st (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Federation Square, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and then take a stroll through Melbourne Central. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and then explore the world behind art at Buxton Contemporary.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Melbourne sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Apollo Bay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:

Apollo Bay

— 1 night
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): shop like a local with Karmic Goat Soapworks, delve into the lush surroundings at Mait's Rest, then hike along Great Ocean Walk, and finally take a memorable drive along Great Ocean Road.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Apollo Bay travel planning app.

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Apollo Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Daylesford.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:

Daylesford

— 1 night
Known for its natural spring mineral spas, Daylesford is a rejuvenating spot to take the waters and sample local wine.
On the 4th (Sat), look for gifts at JulsIndulgence and then view the masterpieces at Stony Creek Gallery.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Daylesford trip planner.

You can drive from Apollo Bay to Daylesford in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Daylesford are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Daylesford

Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:
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Australia travel guide

4.7
Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.

Blue Mountains travel guide

4.6
World heritage site · Lookouts · Mountains
Cloaked by a natural blue haze that lingers above vast eucalypt forests and rugged sandstone tablelands, Blue Mountains remain Australia's most accessible World Heritage-listed wilderness within a two-hour drive from Sidney. Equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and avid nature lovers, a trip to Blue Mountains places you near canyons, waterfalls, underground caves, and limestone formations that date back at least 340 million years. Fresh mountain air serves as a perfect stimulus for numerous exhilarating activities and adventure sports. Hiking, bushwalking, rock climbing, canyoning, and abseiling rank among top things to do in Blue Mountains. The region's many festivals and rich Aboriginal heritage add a dash of culture to primarily nature-oriented Blue Mountains vacations.