25 days in Australia Itinerary

25 days in Australia Itinerary

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25 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Drive:  1​h 15​min
1
Maleny
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 6 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 15​min
5
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h
6
Caloundra
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h
End: Melbourne

4
nights
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Do your shopping at Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith and Montville Art Gallery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Everglades and Maleny Mountain Wines. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Maleny: Kenilworth Dairies (in Kenilworth), Noosa Horses (in Noosa North Shore) and Tewantin-Noosa Golf Club (in Noosa). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chenrezig Institute, stop by Maleny Cheese, and admire the sheer force of Kondalilla Falls.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Maleny day trip app .

Brisbane to Maleny is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. December in Maleny sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Maleny

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Montville, Noosa, Noosa Botanic Gardens, Queensland Zoo, Chenrezig Institute
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:
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Kondalilla Falls ©
Kondalilla Falls
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

4
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.
Attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Burleigh Heads Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Cape Byron Lighthouse and Anthea Polson Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, examine the collection at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise, and find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Gold Coast road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Maleny to Gold Coast takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cape Byron Lighthouse
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads 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.
Bring the kids along to Manly Beach and North Head Sanctuary. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sydney Fish Market and Queen Victoria Building (QVB). Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Blacktown to see Featherdale Wildlife Park about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, identify plant and animal life at Tambourine Bay Reserve and Warraroon Reserve Walk, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

North Head Sanctuary, Featherdale Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

6
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Bring the kids along to Melbourne Museum and Melbourne Zoo. We've included these beaches for you: St. Kilda Beach and Sandridge Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Cowes (Koala Conservation Centre & Cowes Beach) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). Spend the 8th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Melbourne Central, don't miss a visit to Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, tour the pleasant surroundings at Half Moon Bay, and take an in-depth tour of Shrine of Remembrance.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Melbourne trip site .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, plan for little chillier nights in Melbourne, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

St Kilda, Cowes, Werribee Open Range Zoo
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wabby, and then kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with The Pinnacles, tour the pleasant surroundings at Eli Creek, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Allom.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Fraser Island trip planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Fraser Island by combination of flight, car, and ferry takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in January, with highs in Fraser Island at 36°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

3
nights
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
On the 12th (Sun), look for gifts at MaisyMoo, then kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach, then don't miss a visit to Hastings Street, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take a peaceful walk through Buderim Forest Park.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Caloundra trip planning app .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Caloundra in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, train, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Caloundra

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Noosa, Buderim Forest Park
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

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