28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

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28 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: York
+2
train + bus + Fly:  26​h
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Canberra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Newcastle
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Gold Coast
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  29​h
End: York

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Take a break from the city and head to Point Lonsdale Beach and Fishing Charters & Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Rye Beach and Point Lonsdale Lighthouse. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Fort Queenscliff Museum (in Queenscliff), Fort Nepean (in Portsea) and Safety Beach (in Dromana).

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary builder app .

York, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour combination of train, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) is 10 hours. When traveling from York in December, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Point Lonsdale, Safety Beach, Rye Beach, Fort Nepean, Fishing Charters & Tours
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Fort Queenscliff Museum ©
Fort Queenscliff Museum
Point Lonsdale Beach ©
Point Lonsdale Beach

2
nights
Canberra

Canberra
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 19th (Sat), stroll through ANZAC Parade Walk, don't miss a visit to Mugga-Mugga Cottage, get curious at Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Greek Orthodox Church of St Nicholas, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Canberra Rotary Peace Bell. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Lanyon Homestead, then identify plant and animal life at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St John the Baptist Church.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Canberra trip planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Canberra, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Mugga-Mugga Cottage, Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:
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ANZAC Parade Walk
ANZAC Parade Walk
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve ©
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nan Tien Temple and Palm Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Terrigal Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Wollongong (Port Kembla Beach, Beach Cove Belmore Basin, & more), Katoomba (Bridal Veil Falls, The Giant Stairway, & more) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). Dedicate the 25th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Australian Reptile Park, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip app .

Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Katoomba, Wollongong, Australian Reptile Park, Terrigal Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 27:
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Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach

2
nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): stroll through Fingal Bay Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Zenith Beach. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Redhead Beach and then kick back and relax at Caves Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Newcastle travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Sydney to Newcastle in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Newcastle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Redhead Beach, Zenith Beach, Caves Beach, Fingal Bay Beach
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
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Fingal Bay Beach ©
Fingal Bay Beach
Caves Beach ©
Caves Beach
Redhead Beach ©
Redhead Beach

7
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 itinerary includes some good beach time at Burleigh Head National Park and Kurrawa Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Lennox Head Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Gold Coast: Fingal Head Lighthouse (in Fingal Head), Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah) and Byron Bay (Jules Hunt Studio Gallery & Kayaking & Canoeing). Spend the 1st (Fri) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. Spend the 5th (Tue) exploring nature at Springbrook National Park. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirra Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bexhill Open Air Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Govardhana Australia.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast day trip tool .

Fly from Newcastle to Gold Coast in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Lennox Head Beach, Bexhill Open Air Cathedral, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, New Govardhana Australia
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 5:
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Lennox Head Beach ©
Lennox Head 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.
Queensland Art Gallery and Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bulcock Beach and Boggo Road Gaol. Take a break from Brisbane with a short trip to Caloundra Lighthouses in Kings Beach, about 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through West End, contemplate the long history of Newstead House, get a taste of the local shopping with Queen Street Mall, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Anglican Cathedral.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Brisbane vacation planner.

Drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Brisbane are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Caloundra, Wynnum Esplanade
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:
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Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) ©
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail)

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