26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Newcastle upon Tyne
Fly:  30​h
1
Darwin
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
5
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
6
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  33​h
End: Newcastle upon Tyne


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1
night
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Darwin Aviation Museum, then walk around Leanyer Recreation Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at East Point Reserve.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Darwin tour itinerary builder website .

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK to Darwin is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne to Darwin due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne in December; daily highs in Darwin reach 38°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility
Leanyer Recreation Park ©
Leanyer Recreation Park

3
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Cleland Wildlife Park. Step out of Adelaide with an excursion to Beerenberg Farm in Hahndorf--about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Glenelg Beach, examine the collection at South Australian Maritime Museum, and explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Adelaide online travel planner .

You can fly from Darwin to Adelaide in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Darwin in December; daily highs in Adelaide reach 30°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Adelaide

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Cleland Wildlife Park, Glenelg Beach, Beerenberg Farm, South Australian Maritime Museum
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Explore hidden gems such as Flinders Chase National Park and Raptor Domain. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Seal Bay Conservation Park, kick back and relax at Stokes Beach, get outside with Remarkable Rocks, and take in the dramatic natural features at Admirals Arch.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kangaroo Island journey planner .

Fly from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Blue Mountains and Virtual Room Sydney - Virtual Reality Sydney Adventure. Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Kangaroo Island to Sydney takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Blue Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

2
nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then stroll through Cape Byron Walking Track. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then kick back and relax at Belongil Beach, then appreciate the history behind Big Prawn, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Lennox Head Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Byron Bay trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Byron Bay in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Byron Bay, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Big Prawn, Lennox Head Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Burleigh Heads Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Natural Bridge, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Climb, make a trip to Best Of All Lookout, and enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Head National Park.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Byron Bay to Gold Coast by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In December in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Springbrook National Park ©
Springbrook National Park

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): stroll through Kings Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, and then make a trip to Mount Tinbeerwah. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at The Original Eumundi Markets and then explore the activities along Noosa River.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Noosa planner .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Noosa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

The Original Eumundi Markets, Kings Beach, Mooloolaba Beach
Highlights from your plan
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Noosa River ©
Noosa River
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at New Farm River Walk and City Botanic Gardens. Step out of Brisbane to go to Ipswich and see Queens Park, which is approximately 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: stroll around South Bank Parklands, take in the waterfront at Eagle Street Pier, try out the rides at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane, and browse the collection at State Library Of Queensland.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Brisbane trip tool .

Traveling by car from Noosa to Brisbane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Brisbane sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Queens Park
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Eagle Street Pier ©
Eagle Street Pier
Queens Park
Queens Park

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 27th (Fri), join the crowd at Go-Kart Racing Track, then take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, and then make a trip to Passage Peak. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then stroll through Catseye Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island road trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Hamilton Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Brisbane in December since evenings lows in Hamilton Island dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak

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