24 days in Australia Itinerary

24 days in Australia Itinerary

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24 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Canberra
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  23​h 15​min
End: New York City

3
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.
Visit Mooloolaba Beach and Kings Beach for some beach relaxation. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gallery of Modern Art and Museum of Brisbane. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Eumundi (Berkelouw Book Barn & The Original Eumundi Markets).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane online holiday planner .

New York City, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from New York City to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from New York City in January; daily highs in Brisbane reach 84°F and lows reach 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Eumundi, Mooloolaba Beach, Kings Beach
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
The Original Eumundi Markets ©
The Original Eumundi Markets

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Burleigh Heads Beach and Kirra Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Coolangatta Beach and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre. Step out of Gold Coast to go to Byron Bay and see Cape Byron Walking Track, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's more to do: revel in the low prices at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre and browse the different shops at Robina Town Shopping Centre.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Byron Walking Track, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

5
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.
Australian National Maritime Museum and Hyde Park Barracks Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Step out of Sydney to go to Wollongong and see Nan Tien Temple, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Sydney travel planner .

Fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Nan Tien Temple
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

3
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Museum of Australia and National Portrait Gallery. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Strathnairn Gallery and Scott Leggo Gallery. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Old Parliament House, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin, and don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Canberra route app .

Getting from Sydney to Canberra by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Canberra, with lows of 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery
Old Parliament House ©
Old Parliament House

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step off the beaten path and head to Eastern Beach Reserve and Art Gallery of Ballarat. Let the collections at Bendigo Art Gallery and Shrine of Remembrance capture your imagination. Step out of Melbourne to go to Daylesford and see Spas, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: get into the urban bustle at Federation Square, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and make a trip to Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.

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You can fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in January, you will find days in Melbourne are a bit cooler (81°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Art Gallery of Ballarat, Eastern Beach Reserve, Spas, Bendigo Art Gallery
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Bendigo Art Gallery ©
Bendigo Art Gallery
Art Gallery of Ballarat ©
Art Gallery of Ballarat

4
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Historic Village Herberton and Village Gallery. Step off the beaten path and head to Palm Cove Beach and Spas. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and take in the exciting artwork at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Cairns takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in January, with highs in Cairns at 89°F and lows at 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Historic Village Herberton
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 26:
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Spas

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