15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Brisbane
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
2
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Blackheath
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Fraser Island
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Maryborough
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
7
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
train:  4​h 15​min
8
Rockhampton
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
9
Mackay
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h
10
Townsville
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
11
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Tokyo

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 7th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then kick back and relax at Dicky Beach.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Brisbane online itinerary planner .

Tokyo, Japan to Brisbane is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Tokyo to Brisbane, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect Brisbane to be much warmer, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Dicky Beach
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach

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 8th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Burleigh Head National Park, kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Gold Coast trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

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

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Manly Beach and Bondi Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Rocks and Hyde Park Barracks Museum. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, kick back and relax at Clovelly Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sydney online 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 December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Blackheath.

Things to do in Sydney

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

1
night
Blackheath

Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, and then get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Blackheath trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Sydney to Blackheath in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Blackheath

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Katoomba, The National Pass
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Fraser Island Great Walk and then explore the activities along Eli Creek.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Fraser Island planning website .

Explore your travel options from Blackheath to Fraser Island with the Route module. Traveling from Blackheath in December, Fraser Island is a bit warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Maryborough.

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
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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night
Maryborough

Maryborough ©
Maryborough is a city located on the Mary River in Queensland, Australia, approximately 255km north of the state capital, Brisbane. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum, learn about all things military at Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum, then see the interesting displays at Whistle Stop Rail Museum, and finally admire the engineering at Lenthalls Dam.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Maryborough trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Fraser Island to Maryborough by car takes about 3.5 hours. In December in Maryborough, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Maryborough

Museums Nature Parks
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Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum ©
Lenthalls Dam ©
Lenthalls Dam
Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum ©

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night
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
On the 16th (Mon), grab your bike and head to Esplanade and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hervey Bay trip planning website .

Hervey Bay is just a short distance from Maryborough. In December in Hervey Bay, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Esplanade ©
Esplanade

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night
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
On the 17th (Tue), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Rockhampton Heritage Village, and then identify plant and animal life at Capricorn Caves.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rockhampton day trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Hervey Bay to Rockhampton takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. December in Rockhampton sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Rockhampton Heritage Village ©
Rockhampton Heritage Village
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens

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day
Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. On the 18th (Wed), explore the landscape on two wheels at Bluewater Trail, cruise along Mango Avenue, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bucasia Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mackay travel app .

You can drive from Rockhampton to Mackay in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Mackay

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Bucasia Beach ©
Bucasia Beach

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night
Townsville

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Townsville journey maker website .

Explore your travel options from Mackay to Townsville with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk and then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cairns travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Townsville to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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