19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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Start: Nadi, Viti Levu
+3
Fly + Foot + Train + Bus:  6 h 45 min
1
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Burleigh Heads Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Brisbane (City Botanic Gardens & South Bank Parklands). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip itinerary planning site.

Nadi, Fiji to Gold Coast is an approximately 7- hour combination of flight, train, and bus. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Nadi to Gold Coast is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Nadi in December, things will get little chillier in Gold Coast: highs are around 32°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive 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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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Infinity Attraction ©
Infinity Attraction

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): meet the residents at Australia Zoo, get your game on at SunJet Simulations, and then have some family-friendly fun at Rockit Climbing Gym. On your second day here, make a splash at Aqua Park Bli Bli, then cool off at Aqua Fun Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mooloolaba Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Mooloolaba road trip app.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Mooloolaba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. 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
Aqua Fun Park ©
Aqua Fun Park

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): trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: make a splash at Sugarworld Waterpark, then admire the landmark architecture of Freshwater Station, and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Cairns attractions tool.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Mooloolaba to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Mooloolaba in December, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a 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
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Sugarworld Waterpark ©
Sugarworld Waterpark

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Opal Reef. Here are some ideas for day two: trot along with a tour on horseback and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas day trip planner.

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. December in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to 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 ©
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
On the 30th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, then get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and then explore the striking landscape at Uluru. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Walpa Gorge and then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary maker site.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Nature Parks Museums
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

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. Change things up with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee (about 42 minutes away). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, stroll around Fitzroy Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne is 0.5 hours. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, things will get slightly colder in Melbourne: highs are around 30°C and lows about 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time 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.
Family-friendly places like Bondi Beach and Manly Beach will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

Make your Sydney itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in January since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 23°C. On the 8th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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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