38 days in Australia Itinerary

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Brisbane
— 14 nights
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Sydney
— 4 nights
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Brisbane
— 1 night
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Drive to River Heads, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 1 night
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North Stradbroke Island
— 3 nights
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Brisbane
— 1 night
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 9 nights
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
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Cairns
— 1 night
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Whitsunday Island
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Brisbane — 14 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate St Helena Island National Park and St. John's Anglican Cathedral. Escape the urban bustle at Kings Beach and Daisy Hill Conservation Park and Koala Centre. Venture out of the city with trips to Cork 'n Fork Tours (in Tamborine Mountain), Kurrawa Beach (in Broadbeach) and Spas (in Caloundra). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museum of Brisbane, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, see the interesting displays at Queensland Maritime Museum, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip planning tool.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Brisbane International Airport and Gold Coast Airport. November in Brisbane sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can fly to Sydney.
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like St Patrick's Church and Sydney Town Hall. Get outdoors at NPWS South Head Heritage Trail and Foreshore Track. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Customs House, explore the striking landscape at Gap Park, stroll around Barangaroo Reserve, and wander the streets of Cockle Bay Wharf.

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

Fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Sydney, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Brisbane.
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Brisbane — 1 night

Australia's New World City

Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour and then walk around Rocks Riverside Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): engage your brain at SparkLab, ScienCentre and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane day trip planning app.

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Fraser Island.
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Fraser Island — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Indian Head and then explore the activities along Champagne Pools. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Waddy Point.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Fraser Island trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In December in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to North Stradbroke Island.
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North Stradbroke Island — 3 nights

On the 6th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Frenchman's Beach and then explore the activities along Myora Springs Conservation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have fun and explore at North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Dunwich Cemetery.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the North Stradbroke Island driving holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Fraser Island to North Stradbroke Island takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can travel. In December in North Stradbroke Island, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.
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Brisbane — 1 night

Australia's New World City

On the 8th (Thu), engage your brain at SparkLab, ScienCentre, then sample the tasty concoctions at XXXX Brewery Tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then stroll around Rocks Riverside Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane route planner.

Traveling by car from North Stradbroke Island to Brisbane takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park — 9 nights

Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and Mala Walk. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Walpa Gorge and Lungkata Walk. Go for a jaunt from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs to see Curtin Springs about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Brisbane to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Traveling from Brisbane in December, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit warmer (97°F), and nights are about the same (70°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Brisbane.
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Brisbane — 2 nights

Australia's New World City

On the 19th (Mon), take a stroll through Queen Street Mall and then steep yourself in history at Brisbane Arcade. On the next day, sample the tasty concoctions at XXXX Brewery Tour, then take in the exciting artwork at Birrunga Gallery & Dining, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Brisbane takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Brisbane, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, plan for slightly colder days in Brisbane, with highs around 82°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to fly 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.
For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip site.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Brisbane in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 88°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 73°F. You'll set off for Whitsunday Island on the 21st (Wed).
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Whitsunday Island

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island trip itinerary maker app.

Fly from Cairns to Whitsunday Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 69°F. On the 21st (Wed), you're off to home.
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Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
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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