21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi
Fly:  14​h
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  15​min
2
Bondi
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Canberra
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Abu Dhabi

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Central Park, Blue Mountains Eco Tours and Westfield Sydney. You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Clovelly. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Leura to see Teddy Sinclair about 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of The Rocks, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, stop by Volle Jewellery, and catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary builder .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Sydney is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Abu Dhabi to Sydney, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in October, expect Sydney to be cooler, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bondi.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Teddy Sinclair
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

4
nights
Bondi

Bondi ©
We've included these beaches for you: Bronte Beach and Parsley Bay Reserve. Get in touch with nature at Tamarama Beach and Kiama Blowhole. Change things up with these side-trips from Bondi: Grand Pacific Drive - Sydney to Wollongong and Beyond (in Wollongong) and Kiama Harbour (in Kiama).

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bondi road trip tool .

Bondi is just a short distance from Sydney. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Bondi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Waverley, Kiama, Randwick, Sydney, Grand Pacific Drive - Sydney to Wollongong and Beyond
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Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Parsley Bay Reserve ©
Parsley Bay Reserve
Maroubra Beach ©
Maroubra Beach

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, then look for all kinds of wild species at Floriade, and then appreciate the history behind Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Clonakilla, get curious at Questacon, and then explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Canberra vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Bondi to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Bondi in October; daily highs in Canberra reach 25°C and lows reach 6°C. You'll set off for Gold Coast on the 11th (Thu).

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Clonakilla
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Questacon ©
Questacon
Floriade ©
Floriade

5
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.
Surfer's Paradise Beach has been added to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cape Byron Lighthouse and Fingal Head Lighthouse. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and The Oasis Shopping Centre. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Gold Coast takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Canberra in October, with highs in Gold Coast at 29°C and lows at 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Byron Lighthouse, Fingal Head Lighthouse
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

3
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza and Kawana Shoppingworld. Visit Mooloolaba Beach and Dicky Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Australia Zoo (in Beerwah) and Bee Gees Way (in Redcliffe). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River, take in the views from Story Bridge, and get a taste of the local shopping with Queen Street Mall.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Brisbane trip planner .

Getting from Gold Coast to Brisbane by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

Bee Gees Way, Mooloolaba Beach, Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza, Dicky Beach, Australia Zoo
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The Brisbane River ©
The Brisbane River
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach

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