Australia is an awesome place to explore. We absolutely fell in love with it! You can do so much incredible stuff here—from staying on an island in the Great Barrier Reef to visiting the remote city of Perth in Western Australia for Outback explorations, and everything in between.
If you have some time to explore—say, three weeks—then you could make a fairly comprehensive tour of Australia. Even with two weeks, you can see a lot, but you’ll have to pick and choose from the below so your schedule isn’t too cramped.
So, here are some of my favorite places to visit in Australia to get your two week Australia itinerary started!
Three Week Australia Itinerary
Sydney may not be the capital of Australia, but it’s one of the largest cities in the country. It’s a coastal urban hub centered around a harbor and has a fair few famous landmarks to visit. Plus it has some of the most beautiful beaches and coastline I’ve ever seen.
The capital of New South Wales, once you’ve seen the Opera House, it’s easy to head out from Sydney to the amazing Blue Mountains nearby. They’re just over an hour away—and they’re beautiful!
Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park
If you don’t know Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park, don’t worry; you’ll probably know its most famous resident.
Formerly known as Ayers Rock, but now called Uluru, this sacred spot is listed is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Located along the Stuart and Lasseter Highways, the park itself spreads across 512 square miles and is home not only to Uluru but also Kata Tjuta. Meaning “Many Heads,” Kata Tjuta is also a sacred spot for the Aboriginal people of Australia.
In case you were wondering, the Red Centre is the very middle of the country’s Outback, a vast stretch of the inhospitable desert!
While Alice Springs is a good place to base yourself for exploring this arid region of Australia, there’s a lot going for this town other than being a place to stay.
There are Aboriginal art galleries, charming examples of colonial-era architecture in the form of the Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and the Alice Springs Desert Park, where you can learn about, well, the desert and the people who live in it!
A bustling metropolitan landscape mixes with the coastline and a creative scene that encompasses everything from music to food. Yep, it’s my kinda place!
In fact, it’s often listed as one of the world’s most livable cities. You’ll see why if you make the trip here!
There are tons of UNESCO-recognized historic buildings to admire, and huge sites for major sporting events (from golf to F1). The whole city is actually recognized by UNESCO—it was listed recently as a “City of Literature!”
Great Ocean Road
Not so much a place to visit in itself as an epic journey, the Great Ocean Road actually runs along the southeast coast of Australia for 151 miles.
Taking in insane beaches and pretty coastal towns as much as rain forests and cliffs, you can spend days exploring the destinations along this road.
If you’re looking for day trips from Melbourne, there are tours that will do highlights of the Great Ocean Road in a day!
That’s because of its location on the Coral Sea, which itself part of the Great Barrier Reef (a UNESCO World Heritage Site, of course). You can see this wonder from outer space!
It’s also where you’ll find the Daintree Rainforest, which is one of the oldest continuously living rainforests in the world—just amazing.
Port Douglas itself has a ton of resorts and a chic, laid-back charm to it; take your pick of accommodation and get ready for a chilled vacay. Think markets, a great food scene, and the palm-fringed Four Mile Beach.
White sands, turquoise waters, and a heart-shaped reef. The 74 Whitsunday Islands is like heaven on earth, located just off the Queensland coast, next to the Great Barrier Reef.
To get to the Whitsundays, you can fly direct from the cities of Brisbane, Cairns, Sydney or Melbourne to the main island, Hamilton Island.
Cairns is a super touristy city, but it’s also a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and a whole lot of marine life. There are a number of beaches in town, as well as nearby natural sites. We used Carins as our jumping-off point for staying on a boat for two nights and diving all day in the Great Barrier Reef. You can read all about it in this post!
The 4th most popular destination in Australia, Cairns is also famous for the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, which is an important spot. Here is where you can learn about Aboriginal people and the history of the world’s oldest living culture.
Away from the draw of the cultural park and coral reefs, the city is laid-back. Head along the Cairns Esplanade for BBQ spots, swimming areas, and flea markets—it’s a super chill atmosphere.
Cultural activities abound, from art galleries to botanic gardens.
Another key spot for your Australia itinerary is Kings Canyon. If you are into nature, you should make this one a must-visit.
Part of the Watarrka National Park this place has been home to the Luritja Aboriginal people for over 20,000 years, which is just wild to even think about if you ask me!
There’s even the option of taking a tour of the canyon with an Aboriginal elder to get an insight into this historic land.
Perfect for hiking, there’s the Kings Canyon Rim Walk, which takes in views of the gorge and the surrounding landscape. Get your Insta ready!
There’s so much to do and see in Australia. Just remember, it’s really big! I didn’t quite realize it when I first started planning a trip there because maps kinda play tricks on you, but it’s about 75% of the U.S. in size. So for a two-week Australia itinerary you could probably do 3 – 4 of the places on this list, and in a three-week itinerary you could get in almost all of them. Whether you choose to travel around, or if sitting on a beach chilling is more your thing, I hope you found my guide helpful for putting together your Australia Itinerary!
Will you be hitting up the tourist attractions or sampling the gastronomic scene of Australia’s towns and cities? Let me know by tagging me (@wtfab) in your Insta stories and pics!
The best time to travel to Australia is from September to October since the weather will be at its best not too hot but not too cold.
The cheapest months to travel to Australia is from mid April to late June since the weather is not the best.
It is recommended to spend at least 10 days in Australia if you’re visiting a couple of different places, however, two weeks is ideal to really explore multiple cities and what Australia has to offer.