21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
6
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Bangkok

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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have fun at South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, explore the activities along The Brisbane River, and get great views at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Brisbane day trip planning site .

Bangkok, Thailand to Brisbane is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 3 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Bangkok in December, with highs in Brisbane at 32°C and lows at 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

4
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.
Pack the 22nd (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Sea World Theme Park. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, make a splash at Dreamworld, and enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, stroll through Manly Beach, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sydney tour website .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train 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 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

2
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
You've now added The Three Sisters to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Govetts Leap, take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, then make a trip to Leura Cascades, and finally make a trip to Echo Point Lookout. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, get great views at The Three Sisters, and then hike along The Giant Stairway.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Katoomba trip planning website .

Drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. December in Katoomba sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Leura, Govetts Leap, The National Pass
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia, and then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Canberra trip maker .

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Canberra takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Katoomba in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Canberra, with lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 3rd (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, admire the striking features of Shrine of Remembrance, and don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station.

Plan trip to Melbourne with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Canberra to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Melbourne sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 5:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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