Days 1-4

If you want to experience the best of Australia in just two weeks, there’s no time to waste. Shortly after stepping off the plane in Sydney, you’ll be pounding along the sand at Bondi Beach or maybe taking a seaplane flight across the harbour.

Make sure that you book a hotel right in the heart of the city if you want to soak up everything that Sydney has to offer. After all, there’s a lot to see – from the ritzy shopping arcades to swish restaurants, grand art galleries, eclectic museums and immaculate botanic gardens.

Days 5-8

Time to leave the cosmopolitan delights of Sydney behind. Board your direct flight to Alice Springs, in the heart of the Red Centre. Rich in Aboriginal and colonial history, this is exactly how you’ve always imagined Australia would be – vast, empty and beautiful. From Alice it’s a short hop by plane or rental car to astonishing Uluru (Ayers Rock) and mysterious Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) to complete your desert adventure.

Days 9-14

Fly from the deserts of central Australia to tropical far north Queensland. Cairns is the major gateway to Great Barrier Reef, or maybe you’d prefer the laid-back charm of Port Douglas? Both offer reef-based adventures – from snorkelling to scuba diving. No visit to this part of the world is complete without an indigenous tour of the Daintree Rainforest and a taste of “bush tucker”.