24 days in Australia Itinerary

24 days in Australia Itinerary

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Start: New York City
Fly:  22 h 30 min
1
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Canberra
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
6
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  23 h 15 min
End: New York City

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.
Let the collections at Gallery of Modern Art and Museum of Brisbane capture your imagination. Visit Mooloolaba Beach and Kings Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Eumundi (Berkelouw Book Barn & The Original Eumundi Markets).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane online trip maker.

New York City, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in January; daily highs in Brisbane reach 84°F and lows reach 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Eumundi, Kings Beach, Mooloolaba Beach
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art

3
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.
For shopping fun, head to Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre or Robina Town Centre. Step off the beaten path and head to Burleigh Heads Beach and Kirra Beach. Take a break from Gold Coast with a short trip to Cape Byron Walking Track in Byron Bay, about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach and buy something for everyone on your list at Harbour Town Premium Outlets.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip planner.

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Byron Walking Track, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

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.
Visit The Rocks and Nan Tien Temple for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sydney Opera House and Hyde Park Barracks. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sydney travel planner.

Getting from Gold Coast to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in January, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bondi to Coogee Walk, Nan Tien Temple
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Nan Tien Temple ©
Nan Tien Temple
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

3
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Appreciate the collections at National Museum of Australia and National Gallery of Australia. Discover out-of-the-way places like National Portrait Gallery and Lake Burley Griffin. There's lots more to do: have fun and explore at Old Parliament House, take in the exciting artwork at Strathnairn Arts, take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and stop by Scott Leggo Gallery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Canberra trip planner.

Getting from Sydney to Canberra by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in January, Canberra is slightly colder at night with lows of 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Nature
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National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery
Old Parliament House ©
Old Parliament House
National Museum of Australia ©
National Museum of Australia

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Eastern Beach Reserve and Federation Square. Art Gallery of Ballarat and National Gallery of Victoria are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Spas (in Daylesford) and Bendigo Art Gallery (in Bendigo). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, and take in panoramic vistas at Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Melbourne driving holiday planning tool.

Fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Canberra in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

Spas, Eastern Beach Reserve, Bendigo Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Ballarat
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Bendigo Art Gallery ©
Bendigo Art Gallery
Art Gallery of Ballarat ©
Art Gallery of Ballarat

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.
Historic Village Herberton and Village Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Spas about 34 minutes away. Spend the 26th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours and view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cairns trip planning tool.

You can fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In January, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 89°F and lows of 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Historic Village Herberton
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 26:
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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