12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
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 2nd (Tue): find something for the whole family at Wheel of Brisbane, then contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River, and then enjoy some diversion at South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then get great views at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and then admire all the interesting features of Suncorp Stadium.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane online vacation planner .

Sydney to Brisbane is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Brisbane are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The Brisbane River ©
The Brisbane River

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 4th (Thu), meet the residents at Sea World Theme Park and then get outside with Pelican Feeding. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, then enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast tour planning site .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

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
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

4
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.
Spend the 9th (Tue) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Sydney vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Sydney are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

3
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Blue Mountains. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, then Head underground at Jenolan Caves, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Echo Point Lookout, trek along The Giant Stairway, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, and finally make a trip to Leura Cascades.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Katoomba tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Katoomba when traveling from Sydney in July, with lows around 3°C. On the 9th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Leura, Jenolan Caves, The National Pass
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Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

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