11 days in Australia Itinerary

11 days in Australia Itinerary

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11 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Darwin
1
Darwin
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Gold Coast
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
4
Byron Bay
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 1 night
End: Sydney

5
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Take a break from Darwin with a short trip to Litchfield National Park in Batchelor, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take an in-depth tour of Darwin Aviation Museum, take in the waterfront at Darwin Wharf Precinct, and explore the striking landscape at Berry Springs Nature Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Darwin journey planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Darwin. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil 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.
On the 29th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in July, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

1
night
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 30th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Climb, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Wed): get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July, Gold Coast is a bit cooler than Cairns - with highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow time for the bus ride to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
SkyPoint Observation Deck ©
SkyPoint Observation Deck

1
night
Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Byron Bay road trip planning website .

You can take a bus from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Byron Bay when traveling from Gold Coast in July, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Historic Sites
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Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, then hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

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

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Byron Bay in August: highs in Sydney hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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