23 days in Alice Springs, New South Wales & Gold Coast Itinerary

23 days in Alice Springs, New South Wales & Gold Coast Itinerary

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23 days in Alice Springs, New South Wales & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  30​h
1
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  6​h 30​min
2
Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Gold Coast
— 7 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  28​h
End: London

2
nights
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.
On the 23rd (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen, view the masterpieces at Talapi, and get a new perspective on nature at Megafauna Central - Museum and Art Gallery of NT.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Alice Springs day trip app .

London, UK to Alice Springs is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) is 9 hours. Traveling from London in December, expect Alice Springs to be much hotter, temps between 41°C and 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Tours Parks Wildlife
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Walking tours
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

3
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
When in Katoomba, make a side trip to see Jenolan Caves in Jenolan Caves, approximately 1h 15 min away. On the 29th (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Perry's Lookdown. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, take some stellar pictures from Govetts Leap, and don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Katoomba online tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Alice Springs to Katoomba in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Alice Springs in December, with highs in Katoomba at 34°C and lows at 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blackheath, Megalong Creek Estate, The National Pass, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Jenolan Caves
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Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters

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.
Bring the kids along to Bondi Beach and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, take in nature's colorful creations at Chinese Garden of Friendship, make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Taronga Zoo
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

7
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Surfers Paradise Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Brisbane (South Bank Parklands & Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary) and Moffat Beach (in Caloundra). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, tee off at Surfers Paradise Golf Club, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and get outside with Pelican Feeding.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast route maker tool .

Getting from Sydney to Gold Coast by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. January in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. You will leave for home on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Brisbane, Moffat Beach
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

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