12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
2
Kirribilli
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Bongaree
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Sydney

2
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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Blue Mountains and St. Mary's Cathedral. Get outdoors at The Giant Stairway and Scuba & Snorkeling. Change things up with a short trip to Terrigal Beach in Terrigal (about 1h 25 min away). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk, take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap Park, and stroll through Lady Bay.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Sydney. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kirribilli.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Katoomba, Terrigal Beach
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Terrigal Beach ©
Terrigal Beach
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway

1
night
Kirribilli

Kirribilli ©
Kirribilli is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. On the 17th (Tue), stop by The Children's Bookshop, stroll through Chinamans Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Blues Point Reserve, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Jeffrey Street Wharf.

Discover how to plan a Kirribilli trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Kirribilli is just a stone's throw from Sydney. In December, daytime highs in Kirribilli are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Bongaree.

Things to do in Kirribilli

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Chinamans Beach, Blues Point Reserve, The Children's Bookshop
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Blues Point Reserve ©
Blues Point Reserve
Chinamans Beach ©
Chinamans Beach
The Children's Bookshop ©
The Children's Bookshop

1
day
Bongaree

Bongaree ©
Bongaree is a suburb in Moreton Bay Region, Queensland, Australia. On the 18th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Bribie Island Butterfly House and then kick back and relax at Sylvan Beach.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Bongaree trip simple and quick.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kirribilli to Bongaree. In December in Bongaree, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Bongaree

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Sylvan Beach
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Bribie Island Butterfly House ©
Bribie Island Butterfly House

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dicky Beach and Glass House Mountains National Park. Popular historic sites such as Brisbane Arcade and Newstead House are in your itinerary. Step out of Brisbane with an excursion to Daisy Hill Conservation Park in Daisy Hill--about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, examine the collection at Old Government House, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane attractions tool .

You can drive from Bongaree to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. In December in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Daisy Hill Conservation Park
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Daisy Hill Conservation Park ©
Daisy Hill Conservation Park
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

3
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 cultural itinerary includes sights like St Monica's Cathedral and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. Visiting Atherton Tablelands and Michaelmas Cay will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Babinda Boulders (in Babinda) and Cathedral Fig Tree (in Yungaburra). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls, explore the world behind art at KickArts Contemporary Arts, and stop by Fujii Store.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cairns route maker app .

Fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Brisbane in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Babinda Boulders, Cathedral Fig Tree
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Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Babinda Boulders ©
Babinda Boulders

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