17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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Sydney
— 3 nights
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Gold Coast
— 3 nights
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Brisbane
— 1 day
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Cairns
— 5 nights
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Sydney
— 2 nights

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Sydney

Sydney ©

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.
Get some historical perspective at Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk and The Rocks. Do some cultural sightseeing at Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame and Sydney Opera House. Venture out of the city with trips to Walkabout Wildlife Sanctuary (in Calga), Terrigal Beach (in Terrigal) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Walk, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and admire all the interesting features of Wentworth Falls Lookout.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip planning tool.

Fayetteville, USA to Sydney is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Fayetteville to Sydney is 16 hours. In December, Sydney is much warmer than Fayetteville - with highs of 81°F and lows of 65°F. On the 23rd (Wed), you're off to Gold Coast.

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Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Belongil Beach and Watersports Guru. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Greenmount Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Lennox Head (Pat Morton Lookout & Lennox Head Beach). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Federation Walk Coastal Reserve and head outdoors with Pelican Feeding.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

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Brisbane

Brisbane ©

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.
Australia Zoo has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): meet the residents at Australia Zoo.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane online tour builder.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Brisbane are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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Cairns

Cairns ©

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 list of things to see and do now includes Rapid Boarders, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Daintree Discovery Tours, and other attractions. There's more to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk and make a trip to Captain Cook Highway Rock Stacks.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Brisbane, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 88°F to lows of 73°F. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sydney.

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Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

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River Rafting / Tubing
Rapid Boarders
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Sydney

Sydney ©

The Harbour City

You've now added Blue Ribbon Day Tours - Blue Mountain Tours to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take in the local landmarks with Blue Ribbon Day Tours - Blue Mountain Tours, trek along Cronulla Beach Walk, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, then brush up on your military savvy at Anzac Memorial, and finally wander the streets of Darling Harbour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then look for all kinds of wild species at North Head Sanctuary, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cairns in December; daily highs in Sydney reach 81°F and lows reach 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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Hiking Trail
Cronulla Beach Walk
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Military Museum
Anzac Memorial
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