25 days in Australia Itinerary

25 days in Australia Itinerary

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25 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
Fly:  3​h
1
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
6
Rockhampton
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
7
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
8
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Tokyo

7
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.
You've added Sydney Observatory, Chinatown, The Three Sisters, and other attractions to your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Wentworth Falls in Katoomba (about 1h 35 min away). There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, stroll through Manly Beach, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary planning app .

Christchurch, New Zealand to Sydney is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Christchurch in September: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 25°C and lows are around 14°C. You'll set off for Brisbane on the 27th (Thu).

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Cronulla Beach Walk
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

1
night
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.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane online journey maker .

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Wildlife Parks
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

3
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.
Spend the 29th (Sat) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. You'll set off for Byron Bay on the 1st (Mon).

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Beaches
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

2
nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cape Byron Walking Track and Wategos Beach. There's still lots to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, explore the activities along Lake Ainsworth, and enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Byron Bay online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Gold Coast in October since evenings lows in Byron Bay dip to 15°C. On the 3rd (Wed), you're off toNoosa.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trip

Lake Ainsworth
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Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park and then take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Noosa trip planner .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Noosa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. You will leave for Rockhampton on the 5th (Fri).

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Laguna Lookout ©
Laguna Lookout

1
night
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at C.Q. Military & Artifacts Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Capricorn Caves, and then meet the residents at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens.

To see maps and tourist information, you can read our Rockhampton tour planner .

Take a train from Noosa to Rockhampton in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife
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Rockhampton Botanic Gardens ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens
Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
C.Q. Military & Artifacts Museum ©
C.Q. Military & Artifacts Museum

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout, then make a trip to Mother Beddock Rock, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a stroll along the water at Abell Point Marina and then trek along Whitsunday Great Walk.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Airlie Beach online journey planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rockhampton to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Rockhampton in October, you will find days in Airlie Beach are slightly colder (30°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Bowen, Whitsunday Islands
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Whitsunday Great Walk ©
Whitsunday Great Walk
Whitsunday Islands ©
Whitsunday Islands

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Historic Village Herberton and Atherton Tablelands. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Safaris (in Port Douglas). Spend the 13th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns travel route builder app .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Airlie Beach in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 24°C at night. On the 14th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Toowoomba.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Historic Village Herberton, Safaris
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

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