21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
+2
Fly + foot + train:  12​h
1
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Alice Springs
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Toronto

4
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.
Gold Coast is known for theme parks, shopping, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach and get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip app .

Toronto, Canada to Gold Coast is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. Traveling from Toronto to Gold Coast, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Gold Coast is much warmer than Toronto - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Infinity Attraction ©
Infinity Attraction

4
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sydney online day trip planner .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

5
nights
Cairns

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.
Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Palm Cove Beach about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cairns tour planning website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Cairns takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Wed) before leaving for Alice Springs.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

1
night
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
On the 18th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, and then examine the collection at Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum.

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You can fly from Cairns to Alice Springs in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cairns in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Alice Springs: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum ©

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Getting from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In December, daytime highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are 42°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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2
nights
Brisbane

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.
For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane online trip planner .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December: highs in Brisbane hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Tours Parks
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