18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

5
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.
Head to Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and The Oasis Shopping Centrefor some retail therapy. Escape the urban bustle at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Coolangatta Beach. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction, and revel in the low prices at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast online trip itinerary maker .

Sydney to Gold Coast is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. December in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Theme Parks
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Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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.
Visiting Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Dicky Beach will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: get your game on at South Bank Parklands, cruise along Captain Cook Highway, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip planner .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Captain Cook Highway
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The Brisbane River
The Brisbane River

4
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.
Relax by the water at Manly Beach and Bondi Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. There's much more to do: hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, and stroll through Clovelly.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner.

Getting from Brisbane to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

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Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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.
Shop till you drop at Melbourne Central and Lightning Ridge Opal Mines. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at St. Kilda Beach and Half Moon Bay. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, stroll through Sandridge Beach, stop by Haigh's Chocolates Collins Street, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sydney in January since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 17°C. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Shopping

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St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Sandridge Beach ©
Sandridge Beach

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