14 days in Australian Capital Territory & Gold Coast Itinerary

14 days in Australian Capital Territory & Gold Coast Itinerary

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Canberra
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Canberra

— 5 nights

The Bush Capital

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.
Bring the kids along to Australian War Memorial and Old Parliament House. Step out of Canberra with an excursion to Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex in Paddys River--about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: get curious at Questacon, don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin, and observe the fascinating underwater world at National Zoo and Aquarium.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Canberra online journey planner.

Adelaide to Canberra is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Adelaide to Canberra due to the time zone difference. December in Canberra sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Nature

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Gold Coast

— 8 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.
Bring the kids along to Sea World Theme Park and Warner Bros. Movie World. Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: Australia Zoo (in Beerwah), Brisbane (Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, City Botanic Gardens, &more) and Good Vibes Pilates & Yoga (in Tweed Heads). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 29th (Wed) at Dreamworld. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach, get to know the resident critters at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach, and cool off at Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Gold Coast takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 22°C in Gold Coast. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Australian Capital Territory travel guide

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History Museums · Government Buildings · Art Museums
Australian Capital Territory houses the seat of Australia’s government. Entirely surrounded by the state of New South Wales, it consists mainly of tracts of agricultural land and the mountainous Namadgi National Park, in addition to the country’s modern capital, Canberra. The region has a population of approximately 360,000 people, the vast majority of whom live within metropolitan Canberra.