27 days in Australia Itinerary

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Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pokolbin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Newcastle
— 1 night
Drive
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Nambucca Heads
— 2 nights
Drive
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Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gold Coast
— 1 night
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Fly to Hervey Bay, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 2 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Drive to Noosa
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Noosa
— 3 nights
Fly
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Whitsunday Island
— 2 nights
Bus
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Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Ferry
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Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly
12
Cairns
— 1 night
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
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Sydney — 3 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.
The Rocks and Sydney Harbour Circle Walk will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Balmoral Beach, Mosman and Manly Scenic Walkway. Change things up with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly (about 36 minutes away). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, stroll through Bronte Beach, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney day trip planning site.

If you are flying in from Vietnam, the closest major aiport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Pokolbin.
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Pokolbin — 2 nights

With its first vineyards established in the mid 19th century, wine tourism in Pokolbin remains a major draw.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): learn about winemaking at Worthington's Vineyard, learn about winemaking at Moorebank Private Vineyard Estate, learn about winemaking at Petersons Wines Broke Road, then play a few rounds at Hunter Valley Golf & Country Club, then learn about winemaking at Iron Gate Estate, and finally tee off at Cypress Lakes Golf Course. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Petersons Wines, do a tasting at Ivanhoe Wines, learn about winemaking at Oakvale Wines, then learn about winemaking at James Estate Wines, then learn about winemaking at Glandore Estate Wines, and finally do a tasting at Tintilla Estate Wines.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Pokolbin travel planner.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Pokolbin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Pokolbin, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Newcastle.
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Newcastle — 1 night

While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Dixon Park Beach, steep yourself in history at Shepherds Hill Fort, get outside with The Bogey Hole, then stroll through Nobbys Beach, and finally add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Newcastle trip planner.

Getting from Pokolbin to Newcastle by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Newcastle can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Nambucca Heads.
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Nambucca Heads — 2 nights

Nambucca Heads is a town on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia in Nambucca Shire. On the 4th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Scotts Head Beach, play a few rounds at Island Golf Club, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nambucca Heads Beach, then stroll through Shelly Beach, and finally hike along Nyambagga Walking Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Trial Bay Gaol, contemplate the long history of German Monument, then stroll through Horseshoe Bay Beach, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nambucca Heads trip site.

You can drive from Newcastle to Nambucca Heads in 4 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Byron Bay.
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Byron Bay — 2 nights

Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
On the 6th (Fri), get great views at Pat Morton Lookout, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ainsworth, then enjoy the sand and surf at Broken Head Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Broken Head Nature Reserve, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Day Spa @ Byron Women's Retreat. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Tallow Beach, trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, then look for gifts at Karly Sunshine, and finally see majestic marine mammals with Blue Bay Whale Watching.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Byron Bay holiday planner.

You can drive from Nambucca Heads to Byron Bay in 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Byron Bay can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.
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Gold Coast — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, kick back and relax at Tugun Beach, stroll through Currumbin Beach, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kurrawa Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip planning website.

Drive from Byron Bay to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.
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Fraser Island — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, step aboard Maheno Ship Wreck, and then explore the activities along Lake Allom. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, see Australian Sunset Safaris Day Tours, then head off the coast to Waddy Point, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Fraser Island trip planning website.

Getting from Gold Coast to Fraser Island by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In January in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Noosa.
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Noosa — 3 nights

Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Explore hidden gems such as Mooloolaba Beach and Tewantin National Park. Relax by the water at Marcoola Beach and Moffat Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Sunshine Castle (in Bli Bli), Dicky Beach (in Caloundra) and Alexandra Headland Beach (in Alexandra Headland). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Noosa Safaris, take in nature's colorful creations at Noosa Botanic Gardens, cast your line with Noosa River Fishing Safaris, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Noosa online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Fraser Island to Noosa by combination of car and ferry takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Whitsunday Island.
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Whitsunday Island — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Whitsunday Islands National Park, then stroll through Whitehaven Beach, and then explore the activities along Hill Inlet.

Plan trip to Whitsunday Island with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Noosa to Whitsunday Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Whitsunday Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 16th (Mon), you'll travel to Airlie Beach.
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Airlie Beach — 1 night

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 16th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach day trip planning app.

Traveling by bus from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In January in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.
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Hamilton Island — 2 nights

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 17th (Tue), meet the residents at Wild life Hamilton Island, stroll through Catseye Beach, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Spa Wumurdaylin, and finally don't miss a visit to Passage Peak. Keep things going the next day: go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club, and finally bet on your favorite at Go-Kart Racing Track.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Hamilton Island trip itinerary planning app.

Ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Cairns.
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Cairns — 1 night

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.
On the 19th (Thu), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip planning website.

Fly from Hamilton Island to Cairns in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.
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Port Douglas — 3 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.
Get in touch with nature at Opal Reef and Hook-A-Barra. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Food Tours and Flagstaff Hill Lighthouse. The adventure continues: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wonga Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, and hike along The Bump Track.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. January in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading 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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