19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia tour planner
Make it your trip
— 5 nights
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
Fly to Gold Coast, Bus to Broadbeach
— 3 nights
Bus to Gold Coast, Fly to Sydney, Train to Katoomba
— 3 nights
Train to Sydney, Fly to Melbourne
— 3 nights


Melbourne — 5 nights

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
For shopping fun, head to Melbourne Central or Lightning Ridge Opal Mines. Do some cultural sightseeing at Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne online road trip planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Melbourne is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in March: highs in Melbourne hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 15°C. You'll set off for Adelaide on the 7th (Mon).
Museums · Shopping · Parks · Nature
Side Trip

Adelaide — 2 nights

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
On the 7th (Mon), get a taste of the local shopping with Rundle Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at South Australian Museum, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia, and then admire the natural beauty at Adelaide Botanic Garden.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Adelaide travel planning tool.

Fly from Melbourne to Adelaide in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. In March, daily temperatures in Adelaide can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Cairns.
Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Cairns — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, browse the eclectic array of goods at Night Markets, then take in the exciting artwork at Underart Gallery, and finally admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. Traveling from Adelaide in March, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Broadbeach.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Broadbeach — 3 nights

With its seemingly endless sandy beach, an abundance of things to do, and family-friendly atmosphere, Broadbeach ranks among the Gold Coast's top holiday destinations.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise. Head to Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Robina Town Centrefor plenty of shopping. Change things up with a short trip to Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk in Lamington National Park (about 1h 25 min away). There's still lots to do: stroll through Surfers Paradise Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Harbour Town Premium Outlets, and experience the excitement of Infinity Attraction.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Broadbeach online vacation builder.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Broadbeach in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and tram. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cairns in March; daily highs in Broadbeach reach 32°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Katoomba.
Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches
Side Trips

Katoomba — 3 nights

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
For shopping fun, head to Leura Mall or Katoomba Vintage Emporium. Get a sense of the local culture at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and The National Pass. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls Lookout, stop by Blue Mountains Chocolate Company, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Victory Theatre Antique Centre, and take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Katoomba road trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from Broadbeach to Katoomba takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Katoomba when traveling from Broadbeach in March, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.
Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Side Trips

Melbourne — 3 nights

On the 18th (Fri), steep yourself in history at St. Patrick's Cathedral, then get a sense of history and politics at Parliament House of Victoria, then get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scots Church. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Degraves Street and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Melbourne in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Katoomba in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Melbourne. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Australia travel guide

Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
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.

South Australia travel guide

Wineries & Vineyards · Nature & Parks · Gardens
Largely arid or semi-arid in terms of its climate and geography, South Australia nevertheless boasts several picturesque mountain ranges and grasslands, particularly in its coastal region. Founded in 1836 as a planned colonial province rather than a penal settlement, South Australia has a slightly different modern history than Australia’s other states. Economically prosperous and culturally rich, South Australia boasts a confident, easygoing personality.

Gold Coast travel guide

Beaches · Shopping Malls · Water Parks
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. The most popular tourist destination in the state of Queensland, Gold Coast life centers itself on relaxation, surf, and marine life in general.

Blue Mountains travel guide

World heritage site · Lookouts · Mountains
Cloaked by a natural blue haze that lingers above vast eucalypt forests and rugged sandstone tablelands, Blue Mountains remain Australia's most accessible World Heritage-listed wilderness within a two-hour drive from Sidney. Equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and avid nature lovers, a trip to Blue Mountains places you near canyons, waterfalls, underground caves, and limestone formations that date back at least 340 million years. Fresh mountain air serves as a perfect stimulus for numerous exhilarating activities and adventure sports. Hiking, bushwalking, rock climbing, canyoning, and abseiling rank among top things to do in Blue Mountains. The region's many festivals and rich Aboriginal heritage add a dash of culture to primarily nature-oriented Blue Mountains vacations.