10 days in Australia Itinerary

10 days in Australia Itinerary

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10 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  25​h
1
Canberra
— 1 night
2
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  23​h 30​min
End: New York City

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Floriade.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Canberra route builder .

New York City, USA to Canberra is an approximately 25-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from New York City to Canberra due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Canberra when traveling from New York City in October, with lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Wildlife Parks
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

2
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.
On the 8th (Thu), wander the streets of The Rocks and then wander the streets of Darling Harbour. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Coogee Beach, stroll through Clovelly, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and finally catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney day trip planner.

You can drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Canberra in October, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the different shops at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Gold Coast, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Pacific Fair Shopping Centre ©
Pacific Fair Shopping Centre
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

2
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.
On the 12th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cairns online tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Gold Coast in October, with highs in Cairns at 85°F and lows at 69°F. On the 14th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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