19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Nadi, Viti Levu
+2
Fly + foot + train:  6​h 45​min
1
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Nadi, Viti Levu

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.
Bring the kids along to Sea World Theme Park and Infinity Attraction. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gold Coast: Brisbane (City Botanic Gardens & South Bank Parklands). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip itinerary planner .

Nadi, Fiji to Gold Coast is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Nadi to Gold Coast. In December, Gold Coast is slightly colder than Nadi - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Brisbane
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

2
nights
Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba ©
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
On the 24th (Thu), get to know the resident critters at Australia Zoo, then get your game on at SunJet Simulations, and then have some family-friendly fun at Rockit Climbing Gym. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): make a splash at Aqua Park Bli Bli, make a splash at Aqua Fun Park, and then stroll through Mooloolaba Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mooloolaba tour itinerary planning site .

Drive from Gold Coast to Mooloolaba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Mooloolaba sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Rockit Climbing Gym, Aqua Park Bli Bli, Australia Zoo, Aqua Fun Park
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Aqua Park Bli Bli ©
Aqua Park Bli Bli
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: cool off at Sugarworld Waterpark, admire the striking features of Freshwater Station, and then stroll through Palm Cove Beach.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cairns day trip planning site .

You can fly from Mooloolaba to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Mooloolaba, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Sugarworld Waterpark
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sugarworld Waterpark ©
Sugarworld Waterpark
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
On the 28th (Mon), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): trot along with a tour on horseback and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary planning website .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and then explore the striking landscape at Uluru. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge and then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Port Douglas, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 42°C to lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Old Melbourne Gaol. Step out of Melbourne to go to Werribee and see Werribee Open Range Zoo, which is approximately 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, Melbourne is little chillier than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

5
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Bondi Beach and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, admire the natural beauty at Chinese Garden of Friendship, and stroll through Manly Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney itinerary planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in January since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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