23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Nadi, Viti Levu
Fly:  6​h
1
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
2
Bundaberg
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Rainbow Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Mooloolaba
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h
7
Gosford
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Wollongong
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Mudgee
— 3 nights
Drive:  10​h 30​min
11
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
End: Nadi, Viti Levu

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then stroll around South Bank Parklands.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary planner.

Nadi, Fiji to Brisbane is an approximately 6-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Nadi to Brisbane is minus 2 hours. In May, Brisbane is little chillier than Nadi - with highs of 74°F and lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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Bundaberg

Bundaberg ©
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. On the 15th (Wed), get lost in a book at Bundaberg Regional Libraries, have some family-friendly fun at Bundy Bowl and Leisure Complex, then walk around Baldwin Swamp Environment Park, then admire the natural beauty at Bundaberg Botanic Gardens, and finally examine the collection at Bundaberg Railway Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): stroll around Alexandra Park, examine the collection at Hinkler Hall of Aviation, sample the fine beverages at Bundaberg Rum Distillery, then contemplate the waterfront views at The Basin, then take some stellar pictures from Hummock Lookout, and finally take a stroll through Bundaberg CBD.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bundaberg trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Bundaberg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in Bundaberg sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

The Basin
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Baldwin Swamp Environment Park ©
Baldwin Swamp Environment Park
Bundaberg Rum Distillery ©
Bundaberg Rum Distillery
Hinkler Hall of Aviation ©
Hinkler Hall of Aviation

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Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): let little ones run wild at Point Dayman Park, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then let the kids burn off some steam at Queens Park, and finally pause for some photo ops at Mary Poppins Statue. On the next day, kick back and relax at Burrum Heads Beach, tour the stables at Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort, then steep yourself in history at Maryborough City Hall, and finally take an in-depth tour of Palace Backpackers Memorial.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hervey Bay online day trip planner .

Getting from Bundaberg to Hervey Bay by combination of train and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Maryborough, Burrum Heads Beach, Palace Backpackers Memorial
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Queens Park ©
Queens Park

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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 19th (Sun): explore the activities along Searys Creek, explore the activities along Poona Lake, then enjoy the sea views from Double Island Point Lighthouse, then take in the dramatic natural features at Carlo Sand Blow, and finally go for a stroll along the water at Carlo Point Marina.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rainbow Beach trip itinerary app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hervey Bay to Rainbow Beach. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Double Island Point Lighthouse
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Poona Lake ©
Poona Lake
Carlo Sand Blow ©
Carlo Sand Blow
Carlo Point Marina ©
Carlo Point Marina

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, view the masterpieces at Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, admire the natural beauty at Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally make a trip to HMAS Brisbane. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a peaceful walk through Buderim Forest Park, kick back and relax at Marcoola Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Point Cartwright, and finally cool off at Sea Life Sunshine Coast.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mooloolaba trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rainbow Beach to Mooloolaba. In May, daily temperatures in Mooloolaba can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, Spas, Buderim Forest Park, Marcoola Beach
Find places to stay May 20 — 21:
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Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World ©
Point Cartwright ©
Point Cartwright
Spas

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Surfers Paradise Beach. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): stroll through Surfers Paradise Beach, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park, and then get in on the family fun at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Gold Coast online road trip planner .

Drive from Mooloolaba to Gold Coast in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can 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

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Gosford

Gosford ©
Gosford is a suburb located on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia, about 76 km north of the Sydney central business district. On the 23rd (Thu), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Australian Reptile Park, sample the fine beverages at Distillery Botanica, then stroll through Terrigal Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Captain Cook Lookout, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Crackneck Lookout Coast Walk.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Gosford vacation builder site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gold Coast to Gosford. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Gosford when traveling from Gold Coast in May, with lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gosford

Outdoors Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Captain Cook Lookout, Distillery Botanica, Crackneck Lookout Coast Walk, Terrigal Beach
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Australian Reptile Park ©
Australian Reptile Park
Terrigal Beach ©
Terrigal Beach
Crackneck Lookout Coast Walk ©
Crackneck Lookout Coast Walk

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Wentworth Falls and The Giant Stairway. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Shelly Beach (in Manly), Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Katoomba) and Govetts Leap (in Blackheath). And it doesn't end there: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sydney journey builder app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gosford to Sydney. Traveling from Gosford in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 54°F. 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

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Katoomba, Leura, Megalong Creek Estate, Govetts Leap, Lincoln's Rock
Find places to stay May 24 — 29:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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Wollongong

Wollongong ©
Wollongong, informally referred to as "The Gong", is a seaside city located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Wollongong Head Lighthouse and then explore the activities along Lake Alexandra Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Kiama Blowhole, hike along Kiama Coastal Walk, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moona Moona Creek.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Wollongong road trip app .

Getting from Sydney to Wollongong by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Wollongong, with lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mudgee.

Things to do in Wollongong

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kiama, Mittagong, Bald Hill Lookout, Moona Moona Creek, Sublime Point Lookout
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 1:
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Kiama Coastal Walk ©
Kiama Coastal Walk
Kiama Blowhole ©
Kiama Blowhole
Wollongong Head Lighthouse ©
Wollongong Head Lighthouse

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Mudgee

Mudgee ©
White latticed historic buildings and a red brick clock tower occupy Mudgee's town center.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Distillery Tours and The Drip Gorge. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mudgee: Orange (Lake Canobolas & Mortimers Wines Cellar Door). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Lowe Wines, don't miss a visit to Fairview ArtSpace, and admire all the interesting features of Mudgee Honey Haven.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, read our Mudgee road trip website .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Wollongong to Mudgee in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Wollongong, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mudgee, ranging from highs of 58°F to lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Mudgee

Wineries Parks Tours

Side Trips

Orange, Logan Wines
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Burnbrae Wines ©
Burnbrae Wines
Distillery Tours
Lowe Wines ©
Lowe Wines

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Brisbane

Brisbane
For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane day trip website .

Getting from Mudgee to Brisbane by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. In June, Brisbane is a bit warmer than Mudgee - with highs of 70°F and lows of 53°F. You will leave for home on the 5th (Wed).

Things to do in Brisbane

Tours Outdoors Parks
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