18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Blackheath
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Pokolbin
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Newcastle
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Brisbane
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
8
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
9
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London


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3
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.
Attractions like Bondi Beach and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Chinese Garden of Friendship, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

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

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Sydney. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 32°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Blackheath.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

1
night
Blackheath

Blackheath ©
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, get great views at The Three Sisters, take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, then admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, then make a trip to Gallery Blackheath, and finally make a trip to Day FIne Art.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Blackheath trip app .

You can drive from Sydney to Blackheath in 2 hours. December in Blackheath sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Pokolbin.

Things to do in Blackheath

Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

1
night
Pokolbin

Pokolbin ©
With its first vineyards established in the mid 19th century, wine tourism in Pokolbin remains a major draw.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): do a tasting at Waverley Estate, get to know the resident critters at Hunter Valley Zoo, then learn about winemaking at Ernest Hill Wines, then do a tasting at Harkham Wines, and finally learn about winemaking at Ivanhoe Wines.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Pokolbin tour builder app .

Traveling by car from Blackheath to Pokolbin takes 3.5 hours. In December in Pokolbin, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Newcastle.

Things to do in Pokolbin

Wineries Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Nulkaba
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Harkham Wines ©
Harkham Wines
Hunter Valley Zoo ©
Hunter Valley Zoo
Ivanhoe Wines ©
Ivanhoe Wines

1
night
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
On the 30th (Mon), stroll through Nobbys Beach, go for a walk through Newcastle Memorial Walk, then walk around Speers Point Park, and finally go for a stroll along the water at Watt Street Wharf.

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

You can drive from Pokolbin to Newcastle in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In December in Newcastle, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Speers Point Park
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Speers Point Park ©
Speers Point Park
Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Newcastle Memorial Walk ©
Newcastle Memorial Walk

1
night
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
On the 31st (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Park Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Solitary Islands Coastal Walk, and then kick back and relax at Diggers Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Coffs Harbour tour itinerary builder app .

Getting from Newcastle to Coffs Harbour by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or fly. While traveling from Newcastle, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Coffs Harbour, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Park Beach ©
Park Beach
Diggers Beach ©
Diggers Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach, and then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip planner.

Getting from Coffs Harbour to Gold Coast by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): get in on the family fun at Wheel of Brisbane, have some family-friendly fun at South Bank Parklands, and then kick back and relax at Moffat Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then get your game on at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane route planning website .

Getting from Gold Coast to Brisbane by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Brisbane are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 5th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Allom and then explore the activities along Eli Creek. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Fraser Island trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In January, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then stroll through Palm Cove Beach. On the next day, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cairns vacation maker tool .

Getting from Fraser Island to Cairns by combination of car, ferry, and flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Spas

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