The first thing you need to be aware when planning a two-week trip around Australia is that it definitely won’t be enough to see everything that this amazing country has to offer, but you’ll be able to get a taste of the life down under. Apart from the route you choose, it makes a big difference if you’re visiting in the summer or winter and whether there’s a particular event you want to go to or you simply want to explore.
Since Australia is a vast country, much will also depend on where you start from and what kind of transport and accommodation you can afford. Still, we’ll presume you will start from some of the biggest and most popular destinations and make some recommendations for your adventure.
If you’re flying into Melbourne, you should definitely allow a few days to visit this vibrant and cosmopolitan city, renowned for amazing art galleries and breath-taking Victorian architecture. If visiting peculiar places is your thing, you can visit the place where infamous Ned Kelly was hanged, for example.
Your next stop could be Phillip Island, which is only a short drive from Melbourne, home to penguins who love parading. You can also go bird watching, surfing or hiking on the island and we recommend finishing the day with a wine tasting session. There are some great boutique wineries in the Yarra Valley and the Mornington Peninsula. Needless to say, the place also boasts a range of restaurants offering local and international delicacies.
Alternatively, you can catch a plane and fly to Tasmania, which used to be famous for its apples, which have given way to wines and seafood. Again, the island is full of fantastic restaurants in both Hobart and Launceston. You can also take a guided walk on Maria Island, a former convict settlement, now a national park.
Chances are you’ll start your journey from Sydney, the most popular city Down Under. You should most definitely set a few days aside to at least catch a glimpse of what it has to offer. Of course, you’d want to visit Bondi Beach and the harbour and soak up the atmosphere of one of the most attractive destinations in the world.
One option, if you’re planning to use Sydney as your base, is to find a company specialising in coach hire from Sydney, which offers a range of tours around Australia. Some of them may even include a trip to Melbourne Cup. That might be the best option if you are travelling with a group of people since you don’t want to rent several cars for such an adventure.
Once you leave Sydney, you might want to set off in the direction of Alice Springs and find out more about Aboriginal and colonial history. From there you can catch a flight to one of the most famous locations in Australia, fabulous Uluru (Ayers Rock) and round off your desert adventure.
Your next stop can be the far north Queensland, where you can visit the Great Barrier Reef. You can go snorkelling or scuba diving and enjoy one the most amazing wonders of nature. While in that part of Australia, you can visit the Daintree Rainforest for more memorable experiences.
Perth is often neglected in favour of Sydney and Melbourne and that’s a shame. It boasts fantastic surf beaches, a beautiful river and varied ad rich cultural life. Needless to say, you can also enjoy some amazing fresh food in many restaurants scattered around the city.
Still, the time will come for you to continue your trip and your next stop might be the Margaret River Area, famous for local cheeses, craft beers, and grapes. The Margaret River is popular among tourists and locals who like to go canoeing. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding accommodation in this area. There are many options, from modest motels to luxury lodges and it only depends on your taste and budget to find the right one for you.
If you really have your heart set on travelling around Australia for two weeks, the most important thing is to plan everything well in advance. This is particularly important when it comes to plane tickets, accommodation and car rental. The sooner you are able to commit to certain dates, the bigger chances you’ll have to save some money and get exactly what you want.
Once you have sorted out the most important details, you can focus on your packing list and go shopping for the things you need. What awaits you is probably one of the most exciting holidays of your life and you’ probably start planning a similar trip as soon as you return from this one, which is quite normal since not many places in the world can offer what Australia can.