19 days in Whitsunday Islands & New South Wales Itinerary

19 days in Whitsunday Islands & New South Wales Itinerary

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19 days in Whitsunday Islands & New South Wales Itinerary

Start: Bournemouth
train + Fly:  39​h
1
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Travel:  3​h
2
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly + train:  5​h 15​min
3
Leura
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Shellharbour
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly + train:  26​h
End: Bournemouth

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Catseye Beach. There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, get outside with Jetryder, tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hamilton Island trip builder app .

Bournemouth, UK to Hamilton Island is an approximately 39-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bournemouth to Hamilton Island is 10 hours. In December, Hamilton Island is much hotter than Bournemouth - with highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Hamilton Island Art Gallery ©
Hamilton Island Art Gallery

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island tour planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hamilton Island to Whitsunday Island. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Hamilton Island in December since evenings lows in Whitsunday Island dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Leura.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

3
nights
Leura

Leura ©
Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. Visiting The National Pass and Blue Mountains will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will appreciate Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and Squirrel Shop. Explore Leura's surroundings by going to The Three Sisters (in Katoomba), Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum (in Valley Heights) and Kurrajong Radio Museum (in Kurrajong). On the 20th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Perry's Lookdown. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, play a few rounds at Wentworth Falls Country Club, trek along The Giant Stairway, and take some stellar pictures from Eagle Hawk Lookout.

Discover how to plan a Leura trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Leura by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in December, things will get a bit cooler in Leura: highs are around 34°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Shellharbour.

Things to do in Leura

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Katoomba, Blackheath, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, The National Pass
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Perry's Lookdown ©
Perry's Lookdown

2
nights
Shellharbour

Shellharbour ©
Shellharbour is a suburb located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Historical Aircraft Restoration Society, then see the interesting displays at HARS Aviation Museum, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Minnamurra Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nattai National Park.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Shellharbour holiday builder tool .

Traveling by car from Leura to Shellharbour takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Leura in December, you will find days in Shellharbour are slightly colder (30°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Shellharbour

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Minnamurra Falls, Nattai National Park
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Historical Aircraft Restoration Society ©
HARS Aviation Museum ©
HARS Aviation Museum
Minnamurra Falls ©
Minnamurra Falls

6
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.
Australian National Maritime Museum and The Rocks are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Art Gallery of New South Wales and Justice & Police Museum. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Manly Beach, make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, push the limits with an extreme tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney vacation planner .

You can drive from Shellharbour to Sydney in 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Shellharbour in December since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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