18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  8​h 45​min
2
Coles Bay
— 1 day
bus + Fly:  17​h 15​min
3
Denmark
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Esperance
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
5
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  26​h
End: Toronto

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Clovelly, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in November, expect Sydney to be warmer, temps between 29°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

1
day
Coles Bay

Coles Bay ©
Overlooking one of Tasmania's most scenic strips of coastline and serving as the gateway to Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay is home to just 500 permanent residents.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): kick back and relax at Honeymoon Bay, then take in the waterfront at Coles Bay Jetty, and then trek along Wineglass Bay Lookout.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Coles Bay day trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Coles Bay in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, bus, and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Denmark.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Freycinet
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Honeymoon Bay ©
Honeymoon Bay
Coles Bay Jetty ©
Coles Bay Jetty
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

2
nights
Denmark

Denmark ©
Denmark's population of over 2,700 people grows to several times that number during tourist season because of its natural wonders.
Step off the beaten path and head to Greens Pool and Cosy Corner Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Little Beach and Shelley Beach. Take a break from Denmark with a short trip to Middleton Beach in Albany, about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Anvil Beach, do a tasting at Singlefile Wines, and stop by South Coast WoodWorks Gallery.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Denmark trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Coles Bay to Denmark in 17.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and car. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Tasmania) (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in November, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Esperance.

Things to do in Denmark

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Albany, Cosy Corner Beach, South Coast WoodWorks Gallery
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Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Little Beach ©
Little Beach
Middleton Beach ©
Middleton Beach

3
nights
Esperance

Esperance ©
Esperance is a town in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, on the Southern Ocean coastline approximately 720km east-southeast of the state capital, Perth. You'll get in some beach time at Cape Le Grand National Park and Blue Haven Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Thistle Cove and Fourth Beach. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Ten Mile Lagoon and stroll through Hellfire Bay.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Esperance attractions tool .

Getting from Denmark to Esperance by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In December in Esperance, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Esperance

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Cape Le Grand National Park ©
Cape Le Grand National Park
Thistle Cove ©
Thistle Cove
Hellfire Bay ©
Hellfire Bay

1
night
Cairns

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): stroll through Palm Cove Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Esperance to Cairns takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Esperance to Cairns is 2 hours. Traveling from Esperance in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Gold Coast online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Gold Coast takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, Gold Coast is slightly colder than Cairns - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. On the 10th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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