12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Brisbane
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
Fraser Island
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
5
Bowen
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h
6
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  23​h
End: Manchester

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take a stroll through Darling Harbour, make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, and then take a stroll through The Rocks. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, make a trip to Sydney Opera House, then trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip planner .

Manchester, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 10 hours. Traveling from Manchester in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Sydney, with lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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.
On the 22nd (Mon), kick back and relax at Kurrawa Beach, then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, stroll through Kirra Beach, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Climb.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast route builder tool .

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nepalese Pagoda.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Historic Sites
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Nepalese Pagoda ©
Nepalese Pagoda
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens

1
day
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Bowen.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

1
day
Bowen

Bowen ©
Bowen is a coastal town and locality in the Whitsunday Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Bowen Historical Society and Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Horseshoe Bay, then kick back and relax at Grays Bay, and finally make a trip to Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Bowen trip simple and quick.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Fraser Island to Bowen. July in Bowen sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Bowen

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Bowen Historical Society and Museum ©
Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout ©
Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cairns holiday builder .

Drive from Bowen to Cairns in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Bowen in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Cairns. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas

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