16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  9​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  5​h
3
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  7​h 15​min
4
Launceston
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: New Delhi

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): stroll through Bondi Beach. On your second day here, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, make a trip to Sydney Opera House, and then wander the streets of The Rocks.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Sydney holiday planner .

New Delhi, India to Sydney is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from New Delhi to Sydney. Traveling from New Delhi in December, expect Sydney to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

2
nights
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 21st (Fri): don't miss a visit to Passage Peak, tour the pleasant surroundings at Catseye Beach, and then head outdoors with Jetryder. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wild life Hamilton Island, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Hamilton Island takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Sydney in December since evenings lows in Hamilton Island dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak

4
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.
Visit Burleigh Head National Park and Surfer's Paradise Beach for some beach relaxation. Go for a jaunt from Gold Coast to Byron Bay to see Cape Byron Lighthouse about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, meet the residents at Sea World Theme Park, get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction, and look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Hamilton Island to Gold Coast in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hamilton Island in December, Gold Coast is little chillier at night with lows of 22°C. On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Launceston.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cape Byron Lighthouse
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park

3
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Launceston

Launceston ©
Lying in the Tamar Valley and surrounded by forested hills, the grid-patterned city of Launceston boasts shaded avenues, vibrant street life, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
On the 28th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Platypus House, then get engrossed in the history at Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Gourlay's Sweet Shop, admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley, then explore the world behind art at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at City Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Launceston trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Gold Coast to Launceston in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Gold Coast in December, expect Launceston to be little chillier, temps between 25°C and 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, Woolmers Estate, Tasmanian Glassblowers, Platypus House
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Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Woolmers Estate ©
Woolmers Estate
Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre ©

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 31st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Trin Warren Tam-boore.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Melbourne trip planning app .

Fly from Launceston to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Launceston in December, with highs in Melbourne at 30°C and lows at 14°C. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Trin Warren Tam-boore ©
Trin Warren Tam-boore
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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