19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia vacation planner

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Cairns
— 4 nights
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Brisbane
— 3 nights
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Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly
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Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly
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Melbourne
— 4 nights
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Cairns

— 4 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Spend the 10th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Cairns tour builder.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Cairns. In July, daytime highs in Cairns are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. On the 14th (Sun), you're off to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Brisbane

— 3 nights

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) and Wynnum Esplanade. Explore hidden gems such as Queensland Art Gallery and Albert Street Uniting Church. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nepalese Pagoda, ponder the world of politics at City Hall, and examine the collection at Queensland Maritime Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cairns in July; daily highs in Brisbane reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Gold Coast

— 3 nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse and Fingal Head Lighthouse. Appreciate the collections at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Watling Fine Art Galleries & Burleigh Framing. Spend the 17th (Wed) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, stroll through Kirra Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip planner.

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. July in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sydney

— 4 nights

The Harbour City

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Wentworth Falls Lookout and Speed Boats Tours. The Rocks and Macquarie Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame in Bowral, about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, learn more about the world around you at Australian Museum, and view the masterpieces at Jason Ree.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney online journey planner.

Getting from Gold Coast to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. July in Sydney sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Melbourne

— 4 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get a sense of the local culture at St Paul's Cathedral and National Wool Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Eastern Beach Reserve and Royal Exhibition Building. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Scots Church.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in July: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 15°C and lows are around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches

Side Trip

Australia travel guide

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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.