16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Toronto

3
nights
Brisbane

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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Point Cartwright. We've included these beaches for you: Bulcock Beach and Dicky Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Buderim Forest Park in Buderim (about 1h 20 min away). There's lots more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stop by Noosa Chocolate Factory, wander the streets of West End, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Brisbane road trip tool .

Toronto, Canada to Brisbane is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Toronto to Brisbane. In December, Brisbane is warmer than Toronto - with highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Caloundra, Buderim Forest Park
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 8:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach
Buderim Forest Park ©
Buderim Forest Park

4
nights
Cairns

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Opal Reef. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Atherton Tablelands. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Babinda Boulders (in Babinda), The Peterson Creek Walking Track (in Yungaburra) and Horses in Port (in Port Douglas). The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, relax in the rural setting at Gallo DairyLand, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns online route maker .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Brisbane in December: highs in Cairns hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, The Peterson Creek Walking Track, Babinda Boulders
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 12:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

3
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
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.
Get outdoors at Springbrook National Park and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kirra Beach and Kurrawa Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Lennox Head (Pat Morton Lookout & Lennox Head Beach) and Truly Tea (in Byron Bay). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Greenmount Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Burleigh Head National Park, and stroll through Tugun Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Gold Coast attractions app .

You can fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cairns in December; daily highs in Gold Coast reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lennox Head, Byron Bay
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach

2
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and The Giant Stairway. We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Shelly Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Sublime Point Lookout (in Leura) and Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bronte Beach, kick back and relax at Tamarama Beach, explore the striking landscape at The Gap Park, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sydney itinerary planner.

Getting from Gold Coast to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Bondi, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Shelly Beach, Bronte Beach, Sublime Point Lookout
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:
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Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

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