23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly:  26​h
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gladstone
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Lamington National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
6
Blue Mountains National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Copenhagen

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Wheel of Brisbane, explore the activities along The Brisbane River, and then walk around South Bank Parklands.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane online trip maker .

Copenhagen, Denmark to Brisbane is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Copenhagen to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Copenhagen in December: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Gladstone.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The Brisbane River ©
The Brisbane River

5
nights
Gladstone

Gladstone ©
Gladstone is a city in the Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia. Get out of town with these interesting Gladstone side-trips: Rockhampton (Rockhampton Botanic Gardens & Mount Archer), Singing Ship (in Emu Park) and Koorana Crocodile Farm (in Coowonga). And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Paperbark Forest Walk, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at 1770 Distillery, look for all kinds of wild species at Horizons Kangaroo Sanctuary, and stroll through Millennium Esplanade and Tannum Sands Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Gladstone tour builder site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Brisbane to Gladstone. Traveling from Brisbane in December, you will find days in Gladstone are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Gladstone

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trips

Agnes Water, Rockhampton, Koorana Crocodile Farm, Millennium Esplanade and Tannum Sands Beach, Singing Ship
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 20:
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Koorana Crocodile Farm ©
Koorana Crocodile Farm
Mount Archer ©
Mount Archer
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens

2
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): make a splash at WetSide Water Park, stop by Mind, Body and Soul, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hervey Bay trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Gladstone to Hervey Bay takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
 WetSide Water Park ©
WetSide Water Park

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Noosa Main Beach, then stroll through Mooloolaba Beach, and then make a trip to HMAS Brisbane.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Noosa trip planner.

You can drive from Hervey Bay to Noosa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lamington National Park.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, The Real McCaul
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

4
nights
Lamington National Park

Lamington National Park ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lamington National Park: Mount Warning Summit Trail (in Mount Warning) and Mountview Alpaca Farm (in Canungra). Spend the 25th (Wed) exploring nature at Lamington National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of O'Reillys Birds of Prey, get great views at Bellbird Lookout & Circuit, explore and take pictures at Buck's Farm, and get to know the fascinating history of Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lamington National Park itinerary planning app .

Getting from Noosa to Lamington National Park by car takes about 4 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Lamington National Park can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Blue Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Lamington National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Binna Burra, Mount Warning, Mount Warning Summit Trail, Mountview Alpaca Farm, Buck's Farm
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 28:
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Mount Warning ©
Mount Warning
Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk ©
Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk
Mountview Alpaca Farm ©
Mountview Alpaca Farm

1
night
Blue Mountains National Park

Blue Mountains National Park ©
This is the official community page for Blue Mountains National Park. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Blue Mountains National Park trip planning site .

You can drive from Lamington National Park to Blue Mountains National Park in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Lamington National Park in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Blue Mountains National Park, with lows around 19°C. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sydney.

Things to do in Blue Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden ©
The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden
Anvil Rock Lookout ©
Anvil Rock Lookout

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: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sydney online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Blue Mountains National Park to Sydney in 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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