28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

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28 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 6 nights
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Alice Springs is known for wildlife, museums, historic sites, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, get interesting insight from Tours, admire the natural beauty at Olive Pink Botanic Garden, and steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Alice Springs route planning website .

Melbourne to Alice Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Melbourne in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Alice Springs: highs are around 41°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Tours
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Walking tours
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

2
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Spend the 6th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Mindil Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at East Point Reserve, stroll through Leanyer Recreation Park, and see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Darwin trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Alice Springs to Darwin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alice Springs in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Darwin, with lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Australia Zoo (in Beerwah), Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage (in Buderim) and Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba). There's still lots to do: have fun at South Bank Parklands, get a sense of history and politics at City Hall, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Brisbane day trip planning app .

You can fly from Darwin to Brisbane in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in December, expect Brisbane to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Australia Zoo, Dicky Beach, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, Mooloolaba Beach
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

5
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.
Take a break from Gold Coast with a short trip to Cape Byron Lighthouse in Byron Bay, about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip planner .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cape Byron Lighthouse
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

6
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: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

Discover how to plan a Sydney trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

6
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, approximately 1h 40 min away. Dedicate the 28th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip builder tool .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Sydney in December, with lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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