21 days in Alice Springs, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

21 days in Alice Springs, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

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21 days in Alice Springs, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Alice Springs
1
Alice Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 10 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Alice Springs


3
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Escape the urban bustle at The Kangaroo Sanctuary and Walking tours. Museum-lovers will appreciate Yubu Napa Art Gallery and Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen, take in the exciting artwork at This is Aboriginal Art, and browse the exhibits of Talapi.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Alice Springs. In December, daytime highs in Alice Springs are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Trephina Gorge Nature Park
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Walking tours
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

6
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.
Get outdoors at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Dicky Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Buderim Forest Park (in Buderim), Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise (in Surfers Paradise) and Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba). There's still lots to do: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, admire the masterpieces at GOMA, examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and explore the striking landscape at Coloured Sands.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane travel planning app .

You can fly from Alice Springs to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alice Springs in December, you will find days in Brisbane are slightly colder (32°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Coloured Sands, Buderim Forest Park
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

10
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Manly Beach and Coogee Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Australian National Maritime Museum and Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Shelly Beach (in Manly), Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum (in Valley Heights) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). And it doesn't end there: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, explore the world behind art at White Rabbit Gallery, and stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sydney journey planning app .

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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