12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Hervey Bay
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  10​h 30​min
4
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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.
Head to The Rocks Markets and Queen Victoria Building (QVB)for some retail therapy. Get outdoors at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Katoomba (Gallery One88, The Giant Stairway, & more) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, look for gifts at Gifts At The Quay, explore the galleries of ATTY Gallery, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney vacation planning site .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In July, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Shelly Beach
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
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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 24th (Wed), look for gifts at Noosa Chocolate Factory, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then explore the world behind art at The Henderson Gallery. Keep things going the next day: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, then get in on the family fun at Wheel of Brisbane, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nepalese Pagoda.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Noosa Chocolate Factory ©
Noosa Chocolate Factory

3
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Ashleigh Manley Art Gallery Homewares & Gifts and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit the horses at Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort, appreciate the history behind Mary Poppins Statue, and then enjoy some diversion at Queens Park.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hervey Bay online tour planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Hervey Bay by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In July in Hervey Bay, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 28th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Maryborough, Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort ©
Queens Park ©
Queens Park

2
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): kick back and relax at Myall Beach, then get great views at Walu Wugirriga Lookout, then take in the exciting artwork at Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, and finally relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm. On your second day here, take in the pleasant sights at Marrdja Botanical Walk and then take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation sightseeing planning site .

Do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus from Hervey Bay to Cape Tribulation in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Hervey Bay in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Cape Tribulation, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Walu Wugirriga Lookout, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory
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Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach
Floravilla Ice Cream Factory ©
Floravilla Ice Cream Factory

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