Lonely Planet Writer

How to physically do Australia in a two week holiday

Tourism Australia wants you to know you can have the holiday of a lifetime in just a fortnight (you’ll want to go back after that for another two weeks, of course!).

Sunset Opera House and bridge
Sunset at the Opera House and bridge, Sydney, Australia. Image by Martin Windle/Getty Images

In fact, according to Flight Centre, which books a mere 1.3 million tickets to Australia a year, the average holidaymaker went to Australia for 12 days in 2016 compared to 15 days in 2015, suggesting travellers are either short on time – or money – at the moment, but they still get to experience the magic of a trip to Oz.

So with this in mind, here are the best tips for making the most of a fortnight Down Under.

Be realistic

Choose between one and three regions to focus on – everywhere in Australia is packed with amazing new experiences, from world class food and wine to wildlife encounters and stunning scenery.

Do your research before you book

Australia has something for everyone so make sure you tailor your trip to your interests. Love the ocean? You won’t be able to avoid it. Foodie? Capital cities Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and Hobart all have great bars and restaurants. Nature-lover? You will see weird and wonderful creatures from the forests of Queensland to the highlands of Tasmania. Sports fan? There are international sporting events almost year-round look at timing your visit for the Australian Tennis Open, the Formula 1 Grand Prix, the cricket or the rugby.

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Stopover in Perth

With the launch of non-stop Qantas flights from London in 2018, Perth’s popularity is likely to skyrocket. Book a non-stop 17-hour flight to Perth and make a quick stopover in Western Australia your first port-of-call before travelling to the more populated east coast.

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Consider flying between destinations

Driving is a fantastic way to see the country but if you’re keen to see two Australian cities these are usually a relatively quick — and not too expensive — plane journey apart. Add a regional experience like snorkelling at Ningaloo Reef from Perth, or the hiking in the Daintree forest in Queensland to your flight bookings.

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Resist the FOMO (Fear of missing out)

There’s so much to see and do in Australia, but a tailor-made holiday plan will get the best value out of your trip and you can always return to visit another part of Australia next time.