26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  27​h
1
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Hobart
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  27​h
End: New York City

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kirra Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. We've included these beaches for you: Lennox Head Beach and Belongil Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Gold Coast: Wategos Beach (in Byron Bay) and Fingal Head Lighthouse (in Fingal Head). The adventure continues: stroll through Greenmount Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach, explore the galleries of Watling Fine Art Galleries & Burleigh Framing, and take in panoramic vistas at Point Danger.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast route planner .

New York City, USA to Gold Coast is an approximately 27-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Gold Coast is 15 hours. Traveling from New York City in January, things will get much warmer in Gold Coast: highs are around 83°F and lows about 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Fingal Head Lighthouse, Lennox Head Beach
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Historic Village Herberton and Cairns Art Gallery. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Yorkeys Knob Beach and Etty Bay. And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay, and admire the sheer force of Behana Gorge Waterfall.

For ratings and tourist information, go to the Cairns route maker website .

Fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in January, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 89°F and lows about 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Historic Village Herberton, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Etty Bay
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 14:
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and Field of Light. Step off the beaten path and head to Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Wintjiri Arts + Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Cairns in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 99°F by day to 73°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Wintjiri Arts + Museum
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

8
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Palm Beach and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. The Rocks and Nan Tien Temple will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Terrigal Beach (in Terrigal), Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (in Albion Park Rail) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Bronte Beach, enjoy the sea views from Wollongong Head Lighthouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

For more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 82°F and lows are around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wollongong, Palm Beach, Mittagong, The National Pass, Bronte Beach
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 25:
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman

2
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): admire the striking features of Richmond Gaol, wander the streets of North Hobart, steep yourself in history at Runnymede House, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. David's Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Constitution Dock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Salamanca Arts Centre and then take a stroll through Sullivans Cove.

Discover how to plan a Hobart trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Sydney to Hobart in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, Hobart is a bit cooler than Sydney - with highs of 73°F and lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Richmond Gaol
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 27:
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North Hobart ©
North Hobart
Richmond Gaol ©
Richmond Gaol
St. David's Cathedral ©
St. David's Cathedral

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