18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Doha
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Hobart
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Doha

4
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Visit Salamanca Arts Centre and St. David's Cathedral for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tasmanian Devil Unzoo and The Neck. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hobart: Coal Mines Historic Site (in Saltwater River) and Port Arthur (Port Arthur Historic Site & Cape Raoul). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, wander the streets of Sullivans Cove, and contemplate the long history of Runnymede House.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hobart sightseeing planner .

Doha, Qatar to Hobart is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, ferry, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Doha to Hobart. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Doha in December; daily highs in Hobart reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Richmond, Port Arthur, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Coal Mines Historic Site, The Neck
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The Neck ©
The Neck
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
St. David's Cathedral ©
St. David's Cathedral

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and St Monica's Cathedral. For shopping fun, head to Rusty's Market or Cairns Art Gallery. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Michaelmas Cay, don't miss a visit to Captain Cook Highway Rock Stacks, admire the striking features of Freshwater Station, and admire the sheer force of Behana Gorge Waterfall.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Hobart to Cairns takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hobart in December: highs in Cairns hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay

2
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kirra Beach and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Burleigh Head National Park and Lennox Head Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Fingal Head Lighthouse in Fingal Head (about 40 minutes away). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Greenmount Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kurrawa Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip maker app .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Gold Coast takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in December, expect Gold Coast to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lennox Head Beach, Fingal Head Lighthouse, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sydney Opera House and Nan Tien Temple. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Palm Beach to see Palm Beach about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, take an in-depth tour of Customs House, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and take a stroll through The Rocks.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney attractions planner.

Fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Nan Tien Temple, Palm Beach
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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