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
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Hobart
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
5
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Manchester

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. There's much more to do: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip builder app .

Manchester, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Manchester to Sydney. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Manchester in December: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 32°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

1
night
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hobart day trip site .

Fly from Sydney to Hobart in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get slightly colder in Hobart: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

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 21st (Fri), kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach and then kick back and relax at Kirra Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Head National Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Hobart to Gold Coast in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hobart in December; daily highs in Gold Coast reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then kick back and relax at Moffat Beach.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Brisbane tour builder .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Brisbane sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

1
night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Catseye Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hamilton Island trip planning tool .

Fly from Brisbane to Hamilton Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Brisbane in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Hamilton Island, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach

2
nights
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 25th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns tour itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Hamilton Island to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. You will leave for home on the 26th (Wed).

Things to do in Cairns

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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