24 days in Australia Itinerary

24 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia route planner
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Fly
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Melbourne
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Ventnor
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Leura
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly to Brisbane, Train to Gold Coast
5
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly to Cairns, Shuttle to Cairns
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Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Daintree
— 2 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
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Melbourne — 4 nights

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 Brighton Beach and St. Patrick's Cathedral. You'll get in some beach time at Eastern Beach Reserve and Frankston Beach. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (in Pearcedale), Bells Beach (in Torquay) and Ballarat (Ballarat Botanical Gardens, Lake Wendouree, &more). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at St Kilda Pier, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's Cathedral, and admire the masterpieces at ArtVo.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne vacation builder.

Cape Town, South Africa to Melbourne is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Melbourne is 8 hours. Traveling from Cape Town in December, expect little chillier with lows of 14°C in Melbourne. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Ventnor.
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Ventnor — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at YCW Beach, do a tasting at Phillip Island Winery, and then kick back and relax at Kitty Miller Bay.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ventnor trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Ventnor takes 2 hours. December in Ventnor sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Leura.
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Leura — 2 nights

Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): trek along The National Pass, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls Lookout, and then trek along Fortress Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): look for gifts at The Nook, examine the collection at Leuralla, then admire the natural beauty at Everglades House & Gardens, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Bonaventure's Church, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Leura Mall.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Leura trip planner.

You can drive from Ventnor to Leura in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Ventnor in December, with highs in Leura at 34°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sydney.
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Sydney — 3 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sydney Opera House and Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Balmoral Beach, Mosman and Speed Boats Tours. Step out of Sydney to go to Manly and see Shelly Beach, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, stop by Darling Harbour, enjoy the sand and surf at Bronte Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach.

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You can drive from Leura to Sydney in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Gold Coast.
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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.
On the 16th (Fri), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Currumbin Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Tugun Beach, kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Good Vibes Pilates & Yoga.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast day trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Cairns.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take the plunge with a skydiving experience, learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Crystal Cascades. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): stop by Annie's at the Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Ellis Beach, then kick back and relax at Yorkeys Knob Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip builder website.

Getting from Gold Coast to Cairns by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Gold Coast in December, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Daintree.
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Daintree — 2 nights

Daintree is a settlement in North Queensland 111km north of Cairns and 56km from Port Douglas, Queensland. On the 20th (Tue), explore the galleries of Daintree Discovery Centre, then kick back and relax at Cow Bay Beach, and then deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through Eco Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree Mangroves Wildlife Sanctuary and then explore the striking landscape of Daintree National Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Daintree day trip app.

You can drive from Cairns to Daintree in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Daintree sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.
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Port Douglas — 2 nights

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mossman Gorge Centre and St Mary’s by The Sea chapel. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. And it doesn't end there: see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, stop by Moonglow Jewellery, take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip planner.

You can drive from Daintree to Port Douglas in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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Australia travel guide

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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.
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