16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Sydney
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Canberra
— Few hours
Drive:  6​h
Golden Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  13​h 45​min
Brisbane
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Maleny
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
Lady Elliot Island
— Few hours
Fly:  7​h 45​min
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
Sydney

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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.
On the 25th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and finally explore the world behind art at Australian Centre for Photography. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sydney sightseeing planner .

If you are flying in from China, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In September, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
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Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Tortured Gum Brewery, then take in the exciting artwork at Canberra Glassworks, then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Canberra tour itinerary builder website .

Drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In September, Canberra is little chillier than Sydney - with highs of 20°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Golden Beach.

Things to do in Canberra

#Museums, #Spas, #Breweries

Side Trip

Tortured Gum Brewery
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Canberra Glassworks ©
Canberra Glassworks
Spas & Wellness

1
day
Golden Beach

Golden Beach ©
Golden Beach is a small settlement situated on the Ninety Mile Beach in Gippsland Victoria. On the 28th (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of La Trobe Swing Bridge, then examine the collection at Former railway signalbox, and then learn about winemaking at Avon Ridge Vineyard.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Golden Beach trip builder app .

You can drive from Canberra to Golden Beach in 7 hours. In September in Golden Beach, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 6°C at night. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Golden Beach

#Wineries, #Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sale, Paynesville Sunset Cove Walking Track, Avon Ridge Vineyard
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Avon Ridge Vineyard ©
Avon Ridge Vineyard
La Trobe Swing Bridge ©
La Trobe Swing Bridge

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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.
For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Golden Beach to Brisbane takes 19 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Golden Beach in September, with highs in Brisbane at 28°C and lows at 15°C. You will leave for Maleny on the 30th (Sun).

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#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks
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2
days
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): stroll through Marcoola Beach, then make a trip to HMAS Brisbane, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Queensland Air Museum and then look for gifts at Maleny Cheese.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Maleny online trip maker .

You can drive from Brisbane to Maleny in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. September in Maleny sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Maleny

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Marcoola Beach, Queensland Air Museum
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Queensland Air Museum ©
Queensland Air Museum
HMAS Brisbane ©
HMAS Brisbane

2
days
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek and then kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Fraser Island trip site .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Maleny to Fraser Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lady Elliot Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

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Lady Elliot Island

Lady Elliot Island ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): enjoy the sea views from Lady Elliot Island Lighthouse.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Lady Elliot Island trip planning site .

Explore your travel options from Fraser Island to Lady Elliot Island with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Lady Elliot Island

#Historic Sites
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Lady Elliot Island Lighthouse ©
Lady Elliot Island Lighthouse

2
days
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 5th (Fri), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then stroll through Catseye Beach, and then have some family-friendly fun at Sports Club. Keep things going the next day: go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then head outdoors with Jetryder.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hamilton Island sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lady Elliot Island to Hamilton Island. In October, daytime highs in Hamilton Island are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Adventure
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Scuba & Snorkeling
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Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

2
days
Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 7th (Sun), kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon. On the next day, examine the collection at Proserpine Museum, then don't miss a visit to Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout, and then stroll through Grays Bay.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip itinerary site .

Ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Bowen, Proserpine Museum
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Proserpine Museum ©
Proserpine Museum
Whitsunday Great Walk ©
Whitsunday Great Walk

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