19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  6​h 15​min
4
Katoomba
— 2 nights
+2
train + Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
5
Caloundra
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Noosa
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
7
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Sydney

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.
The Rocks and Darling Harbour are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Featherdale Wildlife Park in Blacktown--about 46 minutes away. Spend the 28th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Bondi Beach, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, look for all kinds of wild species at Muogamarra Nature Reserve, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sydney journey site .

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. October in Sydney sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Featherdale Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 29:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour

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 29th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Victoria Bridge Abutment, admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, and then explore the world behind art at GOMA. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then explore and take pictures at Suncorp Stadium, and then wander the streets of West End.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. You will leave for Gold Coast on the 31st (Thu).

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Wildlife Parks
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
West End ©
West End

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 31st (Thu): get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction, then stroll through Surfer's Paradise Beach, and then see the interesting displays at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Cape Byron Lighthouse, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 2:
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Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

2
nights
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, then admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, and finally get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Giant Stairway and then take some stellar pictures from Govetts Leap.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Katoomba itinerary app .

Getting from Gold Coast to Katoomba by combination of flight and train takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Katoomba, with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Caloundra.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Govetts Leap
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 4:
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Everglades Historic House and Gardens ©

3
nights
Caloundra

Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Queensland Air Museum, stroll through Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, and then take in the exciting artwork at Montville Art Gallery.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Caloundra trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and bus from Katoomba to Caloundra takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Katoomba in November, Caloundra is a bit warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Caloundra

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Montville Art Gallery, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Noosa Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Barnacles Dolphin Centre and then enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Noosa road trip planning site .

Getting from Caloundra to Noosa by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Noosa Botanic Gardens, Mount Coolum, Barnacles Dolphin Centre, Artisans Gallery
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mount Coolum ©
Mount Coolum
Noosa Botanic Gardens ©
Noosa Botanic Gardens

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 10th (Sun), kick back and relax at Eli Creek and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Birrabeen and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Fraser Island day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. November in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C at night. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

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