20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Jakarta
bus + Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Melbourne
— 10 nights
Fly + bus:  10​h 15​min
End: Jakarta

5
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.
Kids will enjoy Bronte Beach and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk and The Rocks. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Gosford Regional Gallery (in Gosford), Terrigal Beach (in Terrigal) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, see a show at Sydney Opera House, brush up on your military savvy at Anzac Memorial, and look for gifts at Jason Ree.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Sydney is an approximately 11-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Jakarta to Sydney is 3 hours. Traveling from Jakarta in December, expect Sydney to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°C and 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tamarama Beach, Terrigal Beach, Gosford Regional Gallery, Bronte Beach, Shelly Beach
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman

1
night
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 28th (Sat): browse the exhibits of Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, then stroll through Kirra Beach, and then kick back and relax at Greenmount Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Currumbin Beach, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, and then kick back and relax at Kurrawa Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach

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.
On the 30th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Opal Museum, then contemplate the long history of Boggo Road Gaol (Jail), and then stroll through Dicky Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Brisbane visit planner.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Dicky Beach
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Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) ©
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail)
Opal Museum ©
Opal Museum

10
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit and Melbourne Museum. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Frankston Beach and Brighton Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Split Point Lighthouse (in Aireys Inlet), Bells Beach (in Torquay) and Bruno's Art and Sculpture Garden (in Marysville). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Eastern Beach Reserve, identify plant and animal life at Ballarat Wildlife Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Panorama Garden Estate, and explore the world behind art at ArtVo.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Melbourne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Melbourne, with lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Ballarat, Brighton Beach, Eastern Beach Reserve, McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park, Frankston Beach
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ArtVo ©
ArtVo
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach

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