18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
+2
Fly + foot + train:  22​h 30​min
1
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  5​h
2
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Travel:  3​h
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  12​h 15​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Minneapolis


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.
Visit Burleigh Head National Park and Kurrawa Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore hidden gems such as Kirra Beach and Whian Whian State Conservation Area. Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: Spas & Wellness (in Byron Bay), Lennox Head Beach (in Lennox Head) and Broken Head Nature Reserve (in Broken Head). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Greenmount Beach, take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Climb, take in the exciting artwork at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, and stroll through Surfer's Paradise Beach.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast online trip itinerary maker .

Minneapolis, USA to Gold Coast is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and train. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Minneapolis to Gold Coast due to the time zone difference. In December, Gold Coast is much hotter than Minneapolis - with highs of 81°F and lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Spas & Wellness, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Nimbin Rocks, Lennox Head Beach, Broken Head Nature Reserve
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach

2
nights
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 3rd (Fri): take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, then enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach, and then head outdoors with Jetryder. Keep things going the next day: play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island online visit planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Gold Coast to Hamilton Island takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Gold Coast in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 76°F in Hamilton Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island online itinerary maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hamilton Island to Whitsunday Island. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in January, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

2
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Valley of the Winds and Red Desert Reptiles. Get some cultural insight at Uluru and Kata Tjuta. The adventure continues: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, don't miss a visit to Field of Light, and trek along Kuniya Walk.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of bus and flight takes about 12.5 hours. Other options: fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Whitsunday Island in January: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 99°F, while lows dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yulara
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Rocks and St Patrick's Church. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nan Tien Temple and Speed Boats Tours. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Shelly Beach in Manly--about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sydney tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, with highs in Sydney at 82°F and lows at 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Shelly Beach, Nan Tien Temple
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Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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