23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Christchurch
Fly:  9 h
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
2
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  5 h 30 min
5
Gosford
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Sydney
— 8 nights
Fly:  10 h 30 min
End: Singapore

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Reef Experience as well as Barefoot Tours. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Wangetti, approximately Wangetti away.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns holiday builder tool.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Cairns is an approximately 10- hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Christchurch in December, you will find days in Cairns are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are much warmer (26°C). On the 20th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Barefoot Tours ©
Barefoot Tours
Reef Experience ©
Reef Experience

2
nights
Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay ©
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fraser Explorer Tours.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hervey Bay road trip planning site.

You can fly from Cairns to Hervey Bay in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Cairns in December since evenings lows in Hervey Bay dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Tours

Side Trip

Fraser Explorer Tours
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
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Fraser Explorer Tours ©
Fraser Explorer Tours

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Netherworld as well as The Carseldine Farmers & Artisan Markets. Take a break from Brisbane with a short trip to Australia Zoo in Beerwah, about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in the waterfront at Eagle Street Pier, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Hervey Bay to Brisbane takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Australia Zoo
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 27:
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Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

2
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.
On the 27th (Fri), get some thrills out on the water with Jet Ski Safaris, enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, and finally find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction. On the next day, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast travel route builder app.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Gosford.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Jet Ski Safaris ©
Jet Ski Safaris
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

1
night
Gosford

Gosford ©
Gosford is a suburb located on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia, about 76 km north of the Sydney central business district. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Central Coast Aqua Park. On the 29th (Sun), cool off at Central Coast Aqua Park.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Gosford online visit planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Gold Coast to Gosford in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in December, Gosford is slightly colder at night with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Gosford

Theme Parks
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
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Central Coast Aqua Park ©
Central Coast Aqua Park

8
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Rocks Markets as well as Museum of Contemporary Art. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Katoomba to see The Three Sisters about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, stop by The Rocks, and admire the natural beauty at Chinese Garden of Friendship.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sydney trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gosford to Sydney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Beaches

Side Trip

The Three Sisters
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 7:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

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