25 days in Australia Itinerary

25 days in Australia Itinerary

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25 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Gold Coast
— 10 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
2
Perth
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Fremantle
— 4 nights
ferry:  30​min
4
Rottnest Island
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + foot + bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
End: Sydney

10
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Queensland Art Gallery. Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Museum of Brisbane will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Gold Coast: Brisbane (Gallery of Modern Art, The Brisbane River, & more) and Cape Byron Lighthouse (in Byron Bay). Spend the 18th (Fri) exploring nature at Les Rodgers Memorial Park. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Surfer's Paradise Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, find something for the whole family at Dreamworld, and see the interesting displays at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip itinerary planning website .

Sydney to Gold Coast is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Brisbane, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Cape Byron Lighthouse
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 23:
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

3
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Do your shopping at The Sacred India Gallery and Roc Candy. The Nostalgia Box Museum and The Perth Mint are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Perth to Whiteman to see Caversham Wildlife Park about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Perth Zoo, explore the activities along Swan River, and examine the collection at Scitech.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Perth trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Gold Coast to Perth by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Gold Coast to Perth due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Gold Coast in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Perth: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Fremantle.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Scarborough Beach, Perth Zoo, The Sacred India Gallery, Caversham Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 26:
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park
Scarborough Beach ©
Scarborough Beach

4
nights
Fremantle

Fremantle ©
Settled by colonists and convicts in 1829, Fremantle has transformed its infamous historical buildings into cultural centers.
Bring the kids along to Cottesloe Beach and Charter 1 - Day Tours. Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Warnbro Beach. Pack the 29th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Adventure World Perth Australia. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fremantle Prison, hunt for treasures at Fremantle Markets, view the masterpieces at Glen Cowans' Studio at the Roundhouse, and see the interesting displays at Western Australian Maritime Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Fremantle trip itinerary maker tool .

Fremantle is just a short distance from Perth. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Rottnest Island.

Things to do in Fremantle

Outdoors Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Warnbro Beach, Adventure World Perth Australia, Cottesloe Beach
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 30:
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Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Warnbro Beach ©
Warnbro Beach

2
nights
Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island ©
Rottnest Island is an island off the coast of Western Australia, located 18km west of Fremantle. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Rottnest Island Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at The Basin, and then kick back and relax at Salmon Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: see the vivid underwater world at Cathedral Rocks, then visit a coastal fixture at Wadjemup Lighthouse, and then contemplate the long history of Oliver Hill Battery.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rottnest Island online holiday planner .

Rottnest Island is just a stone's throw from Fremantle. In January, daytime highs in Rottnest Island are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Rottnest Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Cathedral Rocks ©
Cathedral Rocks
Oliver Hill Battery ©
Oliver Hill Battery
Wadjemup Lighthouse ©
Wadjemup Lighthouse

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Manly Beach and Clovelly. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sydney Fish Market and Ambush Gallery. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, explore the world behind art at Brett Whiteley Studio, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and make a trip to Sydney Opera House.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney road trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Rottnest Island to Sydney in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Rottnest Island to Sydney. Traveling from Rottnest Island in February, you will find days in Sydney are a bit cooler (31°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

North Head Sanctuary
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 6:
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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