10 days in Australia Itinerary

10 days in Australia Itinerary

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10 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Adelaide

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 3rd (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Canberra tour itinerary planner .

Adelaide to Canberra is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Adelaide in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Canberra, with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary ©
Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin

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.
Brett Whiteley Studio and Australian National Maritime Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. For shopping fun, head to Sydney Fish Market or Billich Gallery. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of The Rocks, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and let little ones run wild at Cremorne Reserve.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner .

You can drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Canberra in May: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 24°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

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

4
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Palm Beach Currumbin Farmers Markets. Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Gallery of Modern Art will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Gold Coast's surroundings by going to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (in Brisbane) and Cape Byron Lighthouse (in Byron Bay). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, see the interesting displays at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise, and browse the different shops at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Sydney to Gold Coast by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Brisbane, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Cape Byron Lighthouse
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Gold Coast in May; daily highs in Cairns reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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