11 days in Australia Itinerary

11 days in Australia Itinerary

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11 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Brisbane
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
2
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Calgary

1
day
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.
On the 11th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Moffat Beach, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Brisbane itinerary planner.

Calgary, Canada to Brisbane is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Calgary in February; daily highs in Brisbane reach 33°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): stroll through Surfer's Paradise Beach, kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast route website .

Drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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 13th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, then stroll through Coogee Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of The Rocks, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and then wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in February, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Neighborhoods
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, then tour the water at your own pace with GoBoat Canberra, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and finally experience rural life at Tatum Hills Farm.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Canberra trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in February, plan for little chillier nights in Canberra, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Outdoors Transportation
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
GoBoat Canberra ©
GoBoat Canberra

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then steep yourself in history at Shrine of Remembrance, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. On your second day here, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, then take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, and then take a tour by water with Melbourne Boat Hire.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Melbourne are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On your second day here, explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns online trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in February; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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