26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
3
Brisbane
— 5 nights
4
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Manchester

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.
Head to Melbourne Central and Minotaur Entertainment Melbournefor some retail therapy. We've included these beaches for you: St. Kilda Beach and Half Moon Bay. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, browse the eclectic array of goods at South Melbourne Market, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Melbourne sightseeing planning site .

Manchester, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Melbourne is 10 hours. While traveling from Manchester, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Lightning Ridge Opal Mines ©
Lightning Ridge Opal Mines

1
night
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To plan Hamilton Island vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Hamilton Island takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Traveling from Melbourne in December, you will find days in Hamilton Island are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are much hotter (28°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

5
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.
Shop till you drop at Opals Down Under and Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kings Beach and Dicky Beach. When in Brisbane, make a side trip to see Mooloolaba Beach in Mooloolaba, approximately 2 hours away. The adventure continues: have some family-friendly fun at South Bank Parklands, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and contemplate the long history of Newstead House.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Brisbane trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Hamilton Island to Brisbane by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Brisbane when traveling from Hamilton Island in December, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Caloundra, Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza, Mooloolaba Beach, Opals Down Under
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Surfer's Paradise Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Head to Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Robina Town Shopping Centrefor plenty of shopping. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at The Oasis Shopping Centre, and revel in the low prices at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast vacation planner.

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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.
Do your shopping at Sydney Fish Market and Haigh's Chocolates Strand Arcade. You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Manly to see Shelly Beach about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, and browse the fresh offerings at The Rocks Markets.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary website .

Getting from Gold Coast to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Coogee Beach ©
Coogee Beach

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