What can you see in 14 days in Australia? We’ve put together a 2-week Australia itinerary for you so you don’t have to wonder anymore.

Australia is such a vast country that a good plan to explore places like Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmania, and Adelaide is a must. To see Australia in 2 weeks, you need to research resource material beforehand. How will you maximize your time? What areas contain the activities you are most interested in? We hope this article will not only inspire you, but will also help you in the planning process of the best two weeks in Australia you can imagine.


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Any good Australia travel itinerary for 2 weeks should include Sydney, Australia’s biggest city, located in the New South Wales province. It’s a vibrant city full of amazing experiences and great places to eat. One must-see landmark is the Sydney Opera House and the nearby Harbour Bridge. Seeing this world-heritage site in person, especially at night, is breathtaking and shouldn’t be missed.

2 week australia itinerary - Sydney opera house

If seeing an opera isn’t your thing, you can always book a tour or enjoy a meal at one of the fabulous restaurants on-site. And, there are a number of harbor cruises you can take if you just want to enjoy a view of the Sydney Opera House from the outside.

Another activity to add to the Sydney leg of your 2-week trip to Australia is to enjoy a stunning panoramic view from the top of Sydney Tower. Open 365 days a year, it offers a panoramic view of Sydney that is especially stunning right around sunset.

Spend a day at Darling Harbor, a pedestrian district filled with shops, restaurants, activities for all ages, the LG IMAX Theater Sydney, and the Australian National Maritime Museum. Be sure to check out the district’s various street performances, and if you can time it right, the free fireworks show on Fridays at 9 PM. It’s a great way to experience all that Sydney has to offer in one location.

Where to stay in Sydney.

Darling Harbor - 2 Week Australia Itinerary
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When spending 2 weeks in Australia, you would be remiss if you didn’t spend a day at Bondi Beach or its smaller and less crowded counterpart, Coogee Beach, one of the best places to go in Sydney with kids. Soak up the sun, do some snorkeling, enjoy the scenic Bondi to Coogi coastal walk, and eat at some of the local establishments at this beach that’s about 7 miles south of Sydney. Note that admission to Coogee Beach is free, and parking is limited…so be sure to get there early to get the best spots.

If you’ve got some extra time and you love exploring coastal areas, an ideal adventure out of Sydney is a NSW south coast road trip.

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Next on our two-week Australia itinerary is Melbourne, one of the friendliest cities I’ve ever visited. Located in the province of Victoria, it is almost a 12-hour drive from Sydney. I found the best transportation option between these two cities is to travel by train on a sleeper coach. Australian trains are efficient, comfortable and reasonably priced.

You get to see the countryside, stay in a one-night hotel, and you arrive refreshed the next day. You arrive at Melbourne Central Railway Station which is right by Federation Square, where you are likely to spend a great deal of time. In Federation Square, you will find the tourist information kiosks, transportation hub, great (I mean REALLY good) restaurants, and museums.

2 week Australian itinerary. Taxi Kitchen. tOP REASON TO VISIT Melbourne
Terrific Asian influenced restaurant in Federation Square. If you can get in!

First, you should know the trams are free. Yes, you read that right — FREE! You can also buy a 24-hour bus pass for $10. So, grab a map, and explore, starting in the heart of downtown Melbourne, Federation Square.

Some of my favorite activities in Melbourne are wandering the many shops in the alleys or arcades and discovering the abundance of street art.

Spend some time on the waterfront. Take some beautiful walks along the riverfront where you can see art exhibits, eclectic shops, amazing views, and a lot of interesting bridges. If you get hungry, there are plenty of trendy restaurants.

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Do some day trips on the Great Ocean Road. Stretching 151 miles (or 243 kilometers), it is widely considered one of the most scenic drives in the world. There is enough to do and see on this drive that could take you weeks, but there are plenty of day trips to give you enough memories to last a lifetime. You can book a bus trip to the Great Ocean Road at the Information Center at Federation Square, or at any other information center in town.

Where to stay in Melbourne.

Great Ocean Road - 2 Week Australia Itinerary

Another fantastic day trip is to visit Phillip Island, which lies about 90 minutes south of the city. Hosting several bird sanctuaries, a wildlife park, and the largest fur seal colony in Australia, Phillip Island is a wonderful way to see a good portion of Australia’s unique wildlife. The big attraction, however, is seeing the Fairy Penguins. Being only about 13 inches tall, these adorable little guys are the smallest of the penguin family.

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Next on your 2-week trip to Australia is Tasmania, about an hour’s flight from Melbourne. The island of Tasmania is so much more than the home to the Tasmanian Devil. It features breathtaking scenery, fascinating history, world-class museums, and amazing restaurants. The capital city of Hobart will delight you with its combination of cosmopolitan vibe and small-town hospitality.

Port Arthur

About an hour from Hobart is Port Arthur, which from 1833 to 1853 served as a penal colony for the hardest criminals. In order to maintain its history, Port Arthur has preserved parts of the colony along with a museum where you can learn about the convicts’ lives and visit the prison.

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

An easy day trip from Hobart, Bonorong is a sanctuary in every sense of the word. Operating without any government funding, it takes in wounded and other compromised animals and rehabilitates them. After they are nursed back to health, the animals get to live out the rest of their days in safety and comfort.

Devil in Tasmania, discover Tasmania
Not as fierce as it looks

Bonorong is home to the Tasmanian Devil, kangaroos, and the Echidna, a mammal that lays eggs. The staff is very helpful and provides extremely informative tours. You can even get pretty close to them, with the exception of the Tasmanian Devil. And, you may have a hard time seeing the Echidna because it is very elusive. It is definitely a must for your 2-week Australia itinerary.

MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) and the Maritime Museum

Now here is something sure to amaze you. Built into the side of a mountain near Hobart is a fabulous museum. MONA is the brainchild of Australian entrepreneur and art aficionado, David Walsh. You need to take a 30-minute ferry ride to get there. The ferry leaves from the docks in downtown Hobart.

MONA is billed as a museum of modern art but it is much more than that. The museum brochure states, “But we must be honest with you: our goal is no more, nor less than to ask what art is, and what makes us look at it with ceaseless curiosity. We don’t have the answer yet.” This place is unique, bizarre and delightful.

Hobart hotels.

I’ve never seen anything like this. Definitely check this place out even if it means going out of your way. But don’t expect a typical museum visit.

Discover Tasmania. Mona, Tasmania
“Melted carpet” exhibit in MONA

For the lovers of maritime history, there is the Maritime Museum in downtown Hobart, a neat place to learn how the island was populated and its role in maritime history.

Kangaroo Island

Day trips to Kangaroo Island are very popular. Most originate in Adelaide, the closest big city and an outstanding destination in itself.

Kangaroo Island lies about 130 miles southwest of Adelaide, Australia making it the perfect destination for day trips. Melbourne and Sydney are a 3 and 3-and-a-half-hour flight away making it too far for day trips but certainly doable and worthwhile for multi-day trips.

The island is the third largest in Australia after Tasmania and Melville, with major industries being agriculture and tourism.

In 1802, the first Europeans arrived on Kangaroo Island lead by Matthew Flinders looking for water and fresh meat. They hunted and ate the small kangaroos they found and named the island after them.

There are lots of reasons why day trips to Kangaroo Island, or as the locals affectionately call it, KI, are a must on an Australia trip and should be included in any Australia itinerary.

Two top reasons are the wildlife and the unique natural rock formations on the island, an ideal area for a great backpacking day trip.

We booked with Sealink which combined ferry and bus transportation with a gourmet lunch in one of the areas landscaped locations. Pick up is at 6 am from your hotel followed by a 90-minute bus ride and 45-minute ferry sailing to the island. Once there another bus takes you to the key attractions. The company also offers a return to Adelaide by airplane shortening the day trip substantially. It may be a long day but it’s worth it.


The Remarkable Rocks

When in Kangaroo Island, make sure to visit the Remarkable Rocks. Now, before you ask what is so remarkable about a bunch of rocks, just look at them!

Remarkable Rocks 2 week Australia itinerary

Wind and rain over millennia have carved the rocks into these bizarre formations. The whole place looks like a movie set for a science fiction epic. Words that come to mind are…otherworldly, surreal, Dali-esque. These are just some of the interesting sights on Kangaroo Island and you’ve probably never seen anything like them.

Kangaroo Island rocks

Flinders Chase National Park

The Flinders Chase National Park has many outstanding attractions including wildlife viewing. This is where I got my one and only sight of the elusive echidna in the wild!

Australian sea lions on Kangaroo Island day trip
Australian sea lions

Also wandering around blissfully oblivious to the humans are wallabies, hawks, koalas (actually koalas don’t wander much, they just sit in trees for hours) and, of course, the ubiquitous kangaroo.  If you like wildlife, a day trip, or even a one or two-night stay on Kangaroo Island, is a great option.

Cape du Couedic Lighthouse

Another must see sight in the park is the Cape du Couedic Light House with its sad and inspiring legend, (which I won’t spoil by revealing.)

The coastline of this part of Australia is very treacherous. From the late 1800s to the early 1900s many ships crashed into the coast and claimed 79 lives. The need for a fortified lighthouse was desperate.

The Cape du Couedic Light House was built between 1906 and 1909 and it’s existence is credited with saving many lives.

The lighthouse has been restored and remodeled many times over the years, most recently in 2000.

Today it is possible to stay in the lighthouse in one of the three cottages with verandas overlooking the wild South Australia coast, just a few minutes walk to the nearby seal colony.

 Cape du Couedic light house. Kangaroo Island Ferry Day Trips
A sad legend dwells here

Admiral’s Arch

Admiral’s Arch provides a fantastic photo opportunity. Photography buffs and professionals wait for hours to get the perfect shot just right.  The arch appears different depending on the time of day.

If you are looking for more in-depth tours, check out these local tours.

Admiral's Arch on day trips to Kangaroo Island to see Admiral's Arch on Kangaroo Island
Admiral’s Arch midday Sea lion colony is on the left

Melbourne and Sydney are a 3- and 3-and-a-half-hour flight away. That’s too far for day trips but certainly worthwhile for multi-day trips.


Last stop on this 2-week Australia itinerary is Adelaide, which can be visited before or after Kangaroo Island or independently. With a population of about 1.3 million, Adelaide is all about parks, sophisticated cuisine, museums, and friendly people.

2 week Astralia itinerary - Adelaide

The capital of the province of South Australia, Adelaide was a planned city designed in a grid layout surrounded by parks, one of the features that make is so pleasant. It is the perfect walkable city.

At every turn, you find inspiring architecture and world-class museums like the Art Gallery of South Australia and the South Australian Museum. Many of the museums are located in one complex making it easy to visit them.

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You can find many cute little restaurants offering some of the best food in Australia. Lemongrass Thai Bistro was a favorite. Find interesting restaurants in the Central Market District around Rundle Street where many of the best congregate. You will be hard-pressed to make a choice.

Adelaide cuisine, 2 week Australia itinerary

Every year the city shows off its outstanding features by hosting several renowned festivals like the Festival of Arts and the Adelaide Film Festival.

Adelaide is definitely a city that cannot be missed in a 2-week Australia itinerary. And if you have the time, continue on to New Zealand for a unique experience, especially in the quirky city of Christchurch.

Here are some accommodation options for Adelaide.

We hope that we’ve answered your question, what can you see in Australia in two weeks?

Don’t go empty-handed to Australia. Do your homework before you go to ensure you maximize your time for the ideal two-week itinerary in Australia. Here are a couple of guide books to get you started; My favorites are DK Eyewitness Australia Travel GuideFodor’s Australia and Australia Lonely Planet.

Which is your favorite Australian city, and what would you add for the perfect Australia itinerary for 2 weeks?

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Talek Nantes

This blog was created to inspire your travels and to explore experiences in fascinating locations. What you will find are thoughts on how to immerse yourself in local culture, food, history and people. On your way to these adventures I hope to provide you with useful information to help you get there. Come see the world with me!


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