18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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Sydney
— 3 nights
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Blackheath
— 1 night
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Pokolbin
— 1 night
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Newcastle
— 1 night
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Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
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Gold Coast
— 2 nights
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
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Fraser Island
— 1 night
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Cairns
— 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.
Bring the kids along to Bondi Beach and Sydney Harbour Bridge. There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and steep yourself in history at Chinese Garden of Friendship.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sydney online trip itinerary builder.

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Sydney. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 32°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Blackheath.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

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Beach
Bondi Beach
4.2

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Blackheath

Blackheath ©
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
On the 28th (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, get great views at The Three Sisters, admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls Lookout, then make a trip to Gallery Blackheath, and finally don't miss a visit to Day FIne Art.

Discover how to plan a Blackheath trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Sydney to Blackheath in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Pokolbin.

Things to do in Blackheath

Parks · Nature

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World heritage site
The Three Sisters
4.5

1
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Pokolbin

Pokolbin ©
With its first vineyards established in the mid 19th century, wine tourism in Pokolbin remains a major draw.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): do a tasting at Waverley Estate, get to know the resident critters at Hunter Valley Zoo, then learn about winemaking at Ernest Hill Wines, then do a tasting at Harkham Wines, and finally do a tasting at Ivanhoe Wines.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Pokolbin trip planner.

Traveling by car from Blackheath to Pokolbin takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Pokolbin

Wineries · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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Winery / Vineyard
Harkham Wines
4.8
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Winery / Vineyard
Waverley Estate
4.6

1
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Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): kick back and relax at Nobbys Beach, then take in the pleasant sights at Newcastle Memorial Walk, then stroll around Speers Point Park, and finally go for a stroll along the water at Watt Street Wharf.

Start your trip to Newcastle by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Pokolbin to Newcastle in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. December in Newcastle sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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Scenic Walking Area
Newcastle Memorial Walk
4.8
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Beach
Nobbys Beach
4.8

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Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Park Beach, trek along Solitary Islands Coastal Walk, and then kick back and relax at Diggers Beach.

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Drive from Newcastle to Coffs Harbour in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Newcastle in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Coffs Harbour, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Trails
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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park. On the next day, find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, then stroll through Surfers Paradise Beach, and then experience the excitement of Infinity Attraction.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast route maker site.

You can drive from Coffs Harbour to Gold Coast in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. December in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · 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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): get in on the family fun at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane, then stroll around South Bank Parklands, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach. On the next day, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then have some family-friendly fun at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane trip planner.

Drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Brisbane are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

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Beach
Moffat Beach
4.7

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 5th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Allom and then kick back and relax at Eli Creek. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Fraser Island itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
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World heritage site
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
4.7
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Water Body
Eli Creek
4.5
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World heritage site
Lake McKenzie
4.9

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planning website.

Do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Cairns in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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Spa
Spas
4.8

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