29 days in Australia Itinerary

29 days in Australia Itinerary

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29 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
+2
Fly + foot + train:  28​h
1
Gold Coast
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 9 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Manchester

9
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Watersports Guru and Lennox Head Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse and Anthea Polson Art. Change things up with these side-trips from Gold Coast: Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah) and Byron Bay (Wategos Beach, Belongil Beach, & more). Spend the 9th (Mon) exploring nature at Springbrook National Park. Spend the 16th (Mon) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, stroll through Currumbin Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Greenmount Beach, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tamborine Mountain.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Gold Coast is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Manchester to Gold Coast, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in December: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Watersports Guru, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Lennox Head Beach
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 17:
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Springbrook National Park ©
Springbrook National Park
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

9
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at West End and St. John's Anglican Cathedral. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Maroochydore Beach and Bulcock Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Maleny (Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve & Gardners Falls), Buderim Forest Park (in Buderim) and Kondalilla Falls (in Montville). Spend the 24th (Tue) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Point Cartwright, kick back and relax at Shorncliffe Beach, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and explore the world behind art at Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Brisbane holiday builder tool .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. December in Brisbane sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Caloundra, Maleny, Mooloolaba, Kondalilla Falls, Maroochydore Beach
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 26:
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Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach
Maroochydore Beach ©
Maroochydore Beach

5
nights
Cairns

Cairns ©
A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Visiting Opal Reef and Babinda Boulders will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Photography Tours and Josephine Falls. Venture out of the city with trips to Malanda Falls (in Malanda), Birdworld Kuranda (in Kuranda) and Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay, and admire the striking features of Freshwater Station.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cairns day trip app .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Brisbane in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Babinda Boulders, Opal Reef, Historic Village Herberton, Birdworld Kuranda, Photography Tours
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 31:
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Photography Tours
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

3
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Catseye Beach and Jetryder. Spend the 1st (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, admire all the interesting features of Go-Kart Racing Track, make a trip to Passage Peak, and get your game on at Sports Club.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Hamilton Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Hamilton Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak

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