23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia attractions planner

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Cairns
— 4 nights
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Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
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Brisbane
— 5 nights
Drive
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Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly
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Gosford
— 1 night
Drive
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Sydney
— 8 nights
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Cairns

— 4 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Reef Experience as well as Barefoot Tours. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Wangetti, approximately Wangetti away.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns holiday builder tool.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Cairns is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Christchurch in December, you will find days in Cairns are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are much warmer (26°C). On the 20th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

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Hervey Bay

— 2 nights
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Fraser Explorer Tours.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hervey Bay road trip planning site.

You can fly from Cairns to Hervey Bay in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Cairns in December since evenings lows in Hervey Bay dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to fly to Brisbane.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Tours

Side Trip

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Brisbane

— 5 nights

Australia's New World City

Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Netherworld as well as The Carseldine Farmers & Artisan Markets. Take a break from Brisbane with a short trip to Australia Zoo in Beerwah, about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, admire the masterpieces at Gallery of Modern Art, examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Hervey Bay to Brisbane takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 27:

Gold Coast

— 2 nights
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get some thrills out on the water with Jet Ski Safaris, then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, and finally get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction. On your second day here, get in on the family fun at Sea World Theme Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast tour itinerary maker site.

Drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Gosford.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Gosford

— 1 night
Gosford is a suburb located on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia, about 76 km north of the Sydney central business district. Your day by day itinerary now includes Central Coast Aqua Park. On the 29th (Sun), cool off at Central Coast Aqua Park.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Gosford online visit planner.

Fly from Gold Coast to Gosford in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Gold Coast in December, Gosford is slightly colder at night with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Gosford

Theme Parks
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
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Sydney

— 8 nights

The Harbour City

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Rocks Markets as well as Museum of Contemporary Art. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Katoomba to see The Three Sisters about 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and stroll through Bondi Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Sydney trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gosford to Sydney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Neighborhoods · Beaches · Outdoors

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Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.