16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Wellington

5
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.
Kids will enjoy Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Sea Life Sunshine Coast. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Australia Zoo (in Beerwah), MaisyMoo (in Caloundra) and Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba). And it doesn't end there: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, take in the waterfront at Eagle Street Pier, and enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach.

Plan trip to Brisbane with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Wellington, New Zealand to Brisbane is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is minus 2 hours. In December, Brisbane is somewhat warmer than Wellington - with highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Caloundra, Australia Zoo
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

3
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.
Bring the kids along to Sea World Theme Park and Surfer's Paradise Beach. And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, cool off at Dreamworld, and get outside with Pelican Feeding.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Gold Coast holiday planning app .

Drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld

5
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Bondi Beach and Australian National Maritime Museum. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, engage your brain at Powerhouse Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney road trip planning site .

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, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Taronga Zoo
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 4:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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