18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Mooloolaba
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Bargara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Rainbow Beach
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
6
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  10​h 30​min
7
Brisbane
— 4 nights
End: Brisbane

1
night
Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba ©
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, then make a splash at Sea Life Sunshine Coast, then take some stellar pictures from HMAS Brisbane Lookout, and finally take a tour of HMAS Brisbane.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Mooloolaba day trip planner.

Brisbane to Mooloolaba is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bargara.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

HMAS Brisbane Lookout, Wirreanda Park
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
Point Cartwright ©
Point Cartwright
HMAS Brisbane ©
HMAS Brisbane

1
night
Bargara

Bargara
Bargara is a coastal town and suburb in the Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bargara online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Mooloolaba to Bargara takes 3.5 hours. In May in Bargara, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 58°F at night. On the 15th (Wed), you're off toHervey Bay.

Things to do in Bargara

Parks Outdoors Tours
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1
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Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay ©
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Burrum Heads Beach, let the kids burn off some steam at Point Dayman Park, then steep yourself in history at Mary Ann Steam Locomotive, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Queens Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit the horses at Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort, have fun at Wook-Koo Park, admire the natural beauty at Bamboo Land Nursery & Parklands, then take an in-depth tour of Palace Backpackers Memorial, and finally do a tasting at Ohana Winery & Exotic Fruits.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hervey Bay road trip planning site .

You can drive from Bargara to Hervey Bay in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Hervey Bay are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trips

Maryborough, Childers, Bamboo Land Nursery & Parklands, Burrum Heads Beach
Find places to stay May 15 — 16:
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Queens Park ©
Queens Park
Bamboo Land Nursery & Parklands ©
Bamboo Land Nursery & Parklands
Burrum Heads Beach ©
Burrum Heads Beach

1
day
Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours, contemplate the waterfront views at Poona Lake, then explore the striking landscape at Carlo Sand Blow, and finally take in the waterfront activity at Carlo Point Marina.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rainbow Beach online route planner .

Traveling by car from Hervey Bay to Rainbow Beach takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Poona Lake ©
Poona Lake
Carlo Sand Blow ©
Carlo Sand Blow
Carlo Point Marina ©
Carlo Point Marina

2
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.
Surfers Paradise Beach has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park, and then find something for the whole family at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast.

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You can drive from Mooloolaba to Gold Coast in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Gosford.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

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 Kirribilli Markets. Explore hidden gems such as Wentworth Falls and Govetts Leap. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Katoomba (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & The Giant Stairway), Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Lincoln's Rock (in Blue Mountains National Park). There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by car from Gosford to Sydney takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Gosford in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 54°F in Sydney. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Wollongong.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Leura, Lincoln's Rock, Megalong Creek Estate, Govetts Leap
Find places to stay May 21 — 25:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

4
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.
To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Mudgee to Brisbane takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Mudgee in June; daily highs in Brisbane reach 70°F and lows reach 53°F. On the 4th (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Brisbane

Tours Outdoors Parks
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