19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cairns
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Cairns

4
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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.
Spend the 10th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cairns online tour itinerary builder .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Cairns. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. On the 14th (Sun), you'll travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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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.
Get some historical perspective at Wynnum Esplanade and Boggo Road Gaol (Jail). Discover out-of-the-way places like Queensland Art Gallery and City Hall. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in the spiritual surroundings of Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel), examine the collection at Queensland Maritime Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Albert Street Uniting Church.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Brisbane online trip planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in July, things will get slightly colder in Brisbane: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Wynnum Esplanade
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Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) ©
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail)
Queensland Maritime Museum ©
Queensland Maritime Museum

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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.
Appreciate the collections at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Watling Fine Art Galleries & Burleigh Framing. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kirra Beach and Kurrawa Beach. Step out of Gold Coast with an excursion to Fingal Head Lighthouse in Fingal Head--about 38 minutes away. Spend the 17th (Wed) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Head National Park and appreciate the history behind Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Fingal Head Lighthouse
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach

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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.
Visiting Bondi Beach and Speed Boats Tours will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame (in Bowral) and Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba). There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, enjoy the sea views from Macquarie Lighthouse, and admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sydney day trip planning app .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Sydney are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame, Wentworth Falls
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Appreciate the collections at Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. Get a sense of the local culture at Shrine of Remembrance and National Wool Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Eastern Beach Reserve in Geelong (about 1h 20 min away). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Royal Botanic Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, examine the collection at HMAS Castlemaine, and pause for some serene contemplation at Scots Church.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne journey builder website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in July: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 15°C and lows are around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Geelong
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance