23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 30​min
3
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Manchester

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney travel route planner .

Manchester, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Manchester to Sydney due to the time zone difference. In December, Sydney is much warmer than Manchester - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Gold Coast: Moffat Beach (in Caloundra) and Brisbane (South Bank Parklands, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, & more). Spend the 30th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck, have some family-friendly fun at Slideways - Go Karting Gold Coast, and get outside with Pelican Feeding.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast road trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

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
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then kick back and relax at Eli Creek.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Fraser Island vacation planner .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Gold Coast to Fraser Island in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

6
nights
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 6th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 11th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

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Do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Cairns in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. You will leave for home on the 12th (Sun).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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