17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Cairns
— 3 nights
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
3
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
4
Brisbane
— 4 nights

3
nights
Cairns

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and St Monica's Cathedral. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Samurai Gallery Australia. Venture out of the city with trips to Four Mile Beach (in Port Douglas), Innisfail (Mamu Tropical Skywalk & Etty Bay) and Zillie Falls (in Millaa Millaa). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the landmark architecture of Freshwater Station, head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns vacation planner.

Montreal, Canada to Cairns is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 15 hour difference. Traveling from Montreal in December, things will get much hotter in Cairns: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Innisfail, Four Mile Beach, Zillie Falls
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

3
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Rocks and The National Pass. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Shelly Beach (in Manly), Wentworth Falls (in Wentworth Falls) and Everglades Historic House and Gardens (in Leura). Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney route maker website.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cairns in December; daily highs in Sydney reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bondi to Coogee Walk, Shelly Beach, Wentworth Falls, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, The National Pass
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

3
nights
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.
Visiting Kirra Beach and Lamington National Park will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Burleigh Head National Park and Bexhill Open Air Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Byron Bay), Lennox Head Beach (in Lennox Head) and Tamborine Mountain Distillery (in Tamborine Mountain). It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Tugun Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip planning tool.

Getting from Sydney to Gold Coast by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Bexhill Open Air Cathedral, Lennox Head Beach, Lamington National Park, Tamborine Mountain Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

4
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Caloundra Lighthouses and Maleny Mountain Wines. Visiting Kondalilla Falls and Bulcock Beach will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Marcoola Beach (in Marcoola), Maroochydore Beach (in Maroochydore) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Mooloolaba). The adventure continues: stroll around Mount Coolum, kick back and relax at Dicky Beach, get great views at Dulong Lookout ( Kanyana Park ), and look for gifts at Noosa Chocolate Factory.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December in Brisbane, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Marcoola Beach, Mount Coolum, Dulong Lookout ( Kanyana Park ), Maleny Mountain Wines
Highlights from your plan
Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach
Maroochydore Beach ©
Maroochydore Beach
Kondalilla Falls ©
Kondalilla Falls

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