17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h
4
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Auckland

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.
To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary maker .

Auckland Central, New Zealand to Melbourne is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Auckland Central in December, you will find days in Melbourne are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are little chillier (14°C). You'll set off for Sydney on the 1st (Tue).

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Tours
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Manly Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Clovelly. There's much more to do: hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planning app .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

1
night
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uluru.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online attractions planner .

Fly from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Sydney, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 43°C to lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:
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Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

4
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.
Head to Opals Down Under and Maroochydore, Sunshine Plazafor plenty of shopping. Step out of the city life by going to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Kings Beach. When in Brisbane, make a side trip to see Mooloolaba Beach in Mooloolaba, approximately 2 hours away. There's still lots to do: get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout and contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane trip planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Brisbane in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January: highs in Brisbane hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba Beach, Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza, Kings Beach, Opals Down Under
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

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 Surfer's Paradise Beach and Burleigh Head National Park for some beach relaxation. Shop till you drop at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Robina Town Shopping Centre. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, identify plant and animal life at David Fleay Wildlife Park, find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park, and stroll through Coolangatta Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast driving holiday planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Gold Coast by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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