25 days in Australia Itinerary

25 days in Australia Itinerary

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25 days in Australia Itinerary

London
Fly:  24​h
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
London

5
days
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.
Do your shopping at Sydney Fish Market and Opal Minded. Visit Bondi Beach and Manly Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of Sydney to go to Manly and see Shelly Beach, which is approximately 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coogee Beach, stop by The Strand Arcade, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sydney online day trip planner .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) is 10 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in Sydney reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

4
days
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. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, buy something for everyone on your list at Bourke Street Mall, stop by Minotaur Entertainment Melbourne, and hunt for treasures at South Melbourne Market.

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Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Melbourne, with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

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#Shopping, #Neighborhoods, #Parks
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Lightning Ridge Opal Mines ©
Lightning Ridge Opal Mines
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Degraves Street

3
days
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Burleigh Heads Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Head to Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centrefor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfer's Paradise Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, browse the fresh offerings at Sanctuary Markets, and buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast travel route builder site .

Fly from Melbourne to Gold Coast in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Gold Coast, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Brisbane.

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

4
days
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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kings Beach and Moffat Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Opals Down Under in Glenview (about 1h 50 min away). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at Dicky Beach, and let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Caloundra, Opals Down Under
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Opals Down Under ©
Opals Down Under

1
day
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Hamilton Island trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Hamilton Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Brisbane in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 28°C in Hamilton Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

#Adventure, #Outdoors, #Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas & Wellness

4
days
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.
Head to Tanks Arts Centre and Smithfield Shopping Centrefor plenty of shopping. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Safaris (in Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Spend the 28th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns planner .

Traveling by flight from Hamilton Island to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In December, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. You will leave for home on the 1st (Tue).

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Safaris, Smithfield Shopping Centre, Tanks Arts Centre
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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