18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Perth
— Few hours
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Melbourne
— 1 day
Fly + bus:  5​h
3
Byron Bay
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Noosa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Rainbow Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Bondi
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Katoomba
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
11
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
12
Palm Cove
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
13
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
14
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

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Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Perth vacation planner.

London, UK to Perth is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from London to Perth. When traveling from London in December, plan for much warmer days in Perth, with highs around 35°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

1
day
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): kick back and relax at Sandridge Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

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

You can fly from Perth to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Perth in December, things will get slightly colder in Melbourne: highs are around 30°C and lows about 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Sandridge Beach ©
Sandridge Beach

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night
Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Broken Head Beach, trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, and then kick back and relax at Wategos Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Byron Bay trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Melbourne to Byron Bay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, Byron Bay is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Broken Head Beach
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Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track

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 18th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Gold Coast fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Byron Bay to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

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

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Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 19th (Thu), look for gifts at Belmondos Organic Market, enjoy the sand and surf at Peregian Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Noosa Main Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Noosa trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Noosa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Noosa

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Peregian Beach ©
Peregian Beach
Belmondos Organic Market ©
Belmondos Organic Market

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night
Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. On the 20th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Carlo Sand Blow.

To see maps and other tourist information, go to the Rainbow Beach trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Noosa to Rainbow Beach takes 1.5 hours. On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Parks Nature
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Carlo Sand Blow ©
Carlo Sand Blow

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

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

Getting from Rainbow Beach to Fraser Island by car takes about 4.5 hours. In December in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bondi.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

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day
Bondi

Bondi ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Vaucluse House, then stroll through Nielsen Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarama Beach, and finally stroll through Bronte Beach.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bondi day trip planning website .

Explore your travel options from Fraser Island to Bondi with the Route module. Traveling from Fraser Island in December, you will find days in Bondi are little chillier (31°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Bondi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sydney, Bronte Beach
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Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Tamarama Beach ©
Tamarama Beach
Vaucluse House ©
Vaucluse House

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night
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
On the 23rd (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath, take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, then look for gifts at The Nook, then take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, and finally don't miss a visit to Echo Point Lookout.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Katoomba trip app .

You can drive from Bondi to Katoomba in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Leura, Gallery Blackheath
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters
Everglades Historic House and Gardens ©

2
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.
On the 24th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly, and then stroll through Bondi Beach. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, then catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, then snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and finally kick back and relax at Coogee Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Coogee Beach ©
Coogee Beach

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night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Whitsunday Islands National Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hamilton Island trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Hamilton Island in 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 on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Palm Cove.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands National Park
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

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Palm Cove

Palm Cove ©
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yorkeys Knob Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Palm Cove trip builder app .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Hamilton Island to Palm Cove in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In December in Palm Cove, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Palm Cove

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Yorkeys Knob Beach ©
Yorkeys Knob Beach

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night
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Palm Cove to Port Douglas takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. December in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
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.
On the 29th (Sun), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see photos and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. You will leave for home on the 31st (Tue).

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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