17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive
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Noosa
— 3 nights
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Drive to River Heads, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 3 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Hamilton Island
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Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
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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.
When in Gold Coast, make a side trip to see Chris Cunningham Park in Tweed Heads, approximately Tweed Heads away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach, take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck, play a few rounds at Surfers Paradise Golf Club, and get to know the resident critters at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Gold Coast trip itinerary maker tool.

Melbourne to Gold Coast is an approximately 4.5-hour travel. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in December since evenings lows in Gold Coast dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Brisbane

Australia's New World City

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, find something for the whole family at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along The Brisbane River and then walk around South Bank Parklands.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane journey builder site.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Theme Parks

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Noosa

Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Noosa: Mooloolaba (SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). Spend the 17th (Thu) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at The Noosa Spa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Noosa Main Beach, don't miss a visit to Hastings Street, and get great views at Laguna Lookout.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Noosa online vacation planner.

You can drive from Brisbane to Noosa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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Fraser Island

Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, kick back and relax at Eli Creek, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Australian Sunset Safaris Day Tours, and stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Fraser Island travel route planner.

Getting from Noosa to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): explore the galleries of Hamilton Island Art Gallery, go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Wild life Hamilton Island, then kick back and relax at Catseye Beach, and then head outdoors with Jetryder.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hamilton Island travel planner.

Getting from Fraser Island to Hamilton Island by combination of car, ferry, and flight takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, train, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Fraser Island in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Hamilton Island, with lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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Airlie Beach

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Daydream Island Living Reef, stop by Above & Below Photography Gallery, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and finally kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach trip maker website.

You can ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in 2 hours. December in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Australia travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.

Sunshine Coast travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Zoos · Gardens
Beaches, sun-drenched streets, and a relaxed ambience are the defining elements of Sunshine Coast, a region just north of Brisbane. Having grown rapidly in the 1960s and 1970s, Sunshine Coast became a popular destination for surfers in particular and has now grown into a well-managed city focused on "green" economic development.

Fraser Coast travel guide

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Dolphin & Whale Watching · Bodies of Water · Biking Trails
A thickly vegetated region of creeks, beaches, and pastureland, Fraser Coast sits just 250 km (160 mi) north of Queensland’s capital, Brisbane. The region encompasses the cities of Maryborough and Hervey Bay as well as Fraser Island. This spectacularly beautiful, heritage-listed island features rainforests, eucalyptus woodland, mangrove forests, swamps, and dunes.