19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Blue Mountains National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Blackheath
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6 h 45 min
4
Cairns
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5 h 15 min
5
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
7
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
End: Sydney

3
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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.
Visiting Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Bronte Beach will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Featherdale Wildlife Park and Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Cronulla Beach Walk (in Cronulla). There's lots more to do: stroll through Manly Scenic Walkway, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and explore the striking landscape at The Gap Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Sydney. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Blue Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Bronte Beach, Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Bondi to Coogee Walk, Shelly Beach
Highlights from your plan
Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park ©
Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Cronulla Beach Walk ©
Cronulla Beach Walk

1
night
Blue Mountains National Park

Blue Mountains National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Bebeah, stroll through Cathedral of Ferns Walk, then take some stellar pictures from Pulpit Rock Lookout, then get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Lincoln's Rock.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Blue Mountains National Park road trip planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sydney to Blue Mountains National Park. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sydney in June since evenings lows in Blue Mountains National Park dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Blackheath.

Things to do in Blue Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Mt Wilson
Highlights from your plan
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Lincoln's Rock ©
Lincoln's Rock
Cathedral of Ferns Walk ©
Cathedral of Ferns Walk

1
night
Blackheath

Blackheath ©
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, and then get great views at Govetts Leap.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Blackheath travel itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Blue Mountains National Park to Blackheath with the Route module. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Blackheath

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Blue Mountains, Wentworth Falls
Highlights from your plan
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

4
nights
Cairns

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.
Get some cultural insight at St Monica's Cathedral and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Palm Cove Beach and Birdworld Kuranda. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary & Wrights Lookout), Babinda Boulders (in Babinda) and Port Douglas (Safaris & Opal Reef). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, and stroll through Trinity Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Blackheath to Cairns. Traveling from Blackheath in June, expect nights in Cairns to be much hotter, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuranda, Port Douglas, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Crystal Cascades
Highlights from your plan
Babinda Boulders ©
Babinda Boulders
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, admire the masterpieces at Gallery of Modern Art, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel). On your second day here, ponder the world of politics at City Hall, then don't miss a visit to Boggo Road Gaol (Jail), and then head off the coast to St Helena Island National Park.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Brisbane trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Cairns to Brisbane by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In June, Brisbane is slightly colder than Cairns - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) ©
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail)

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.
Visit Burleigh Heads Beach and Kirra Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Cape Byron Walking Track and Surfers Paradise Golf Club. Venture out of the city with trips to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Byron Bay), Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah) and Lennox Head Beach (in Lennox Head). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park and get in on the family fun at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Lennox Head Beach, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Highlights from your plan
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Discover out-of-the-way places like St. Patrick's Cathedral and Bendigo Art Gallery. Get some cultural insight at William Ricketts Sanctuary and St Paul's Cathedral. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Dandenong Ranges National Park (in Dandenong), Brighton Beach (in Brighton) and Rosalind Park (in Bendigo). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, kick back and relax at Eastern Beach Reserve, make a trip to Split Point Lighthouse, and take in panoramic vistas at Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Gold Coast to Melbourne in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Gold Coast in July; daily highs in Melbourne reach 15°C and lows reach 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Bendigo, Brighton Beach, William Ricketts Sanctuary, Eastern Beach Reserve, Split Point Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Bendigo Art Gallery ©
Bendigo Art Gallery
William Ricketts Sanctuary ©
William Ricketts Sanctuary

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