19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
1
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Canberra
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Townsville
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Brisbane

4
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.
Step out of Brisbane with an excursion to Australia Zoo in Beerwah--about 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dicky Beach, and admire all the interesting features of Suncorp Stadium.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane journey planner .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Brisbane International Airport and Gold Coast Airport. In August in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trips

Australia Zoo, Dicky Beach
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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 18th (Sun): find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park and then get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast and then get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Gold Coast visit planner .

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Infinity Attraction ©
Infinity Attraction

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney road trip planner .

Getting from Gold Coast to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Gold Coast in August: highs in Sydney hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

3
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Canberra is known for museums, childrens museums, nature, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia, explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, and stop by Trove Canberra.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Canberra trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Sydney to Canberra by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in August, expect Canberra to be little chillier, temps between 15°C and 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Nature
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

2
nights
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 27th (Tue): examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne trip planner .

You can fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Melbourne, with lows around 6°C. On the 28th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

3
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 29th (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Townsville Palmetum, then make a trip to Riverway, then step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Mount Stuart, then take in the exciting artwork at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, then enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, and finally stroll through Castle Hill.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Townsville trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Townsville takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Melbourne in August, plan for warmer days in Townsville, with highs around 30°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 17°C. On the 31st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

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