12 days in Australia Itinerary

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Gold Coast
— 3 nights
— 3 nights
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
Ferry to Cape Jervis Ferry Pier, Fly to Calgary


Gold Coast — 3 nights

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Harbour Town Premium Outlets and Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. Escape the urban bustle at Cape Byron Walking Track and Sundive Byron Bay. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolangatta Beach, and buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Centre.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast online tour itinerary planner.

Calgary, Canada to Gold Coast is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Calgary in April, with highs in Gold Coast at 30°C and lows at 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Sydney.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping
Side Trip
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Sydney — 3 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 Manly Scenic Walkway and Sydney Harbour Circle Walk. Get in touch with nature at Bondi to Coogee Walk and North Head Sanctuary. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Anzac Memorial, explore the galleries of ATTY Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Hyde Park Barracks, and kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip maker website.

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Gold Coast, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Kangaroo Island.
Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 11:

Kangaroo Island — 3 nights

Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Let the collections at Hope Cottage and Fine Art Kangaroo Island capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at The Islander Estate Vineyards and George's 52,000 Castle Lights. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Raptor Domain, tour the pleasant surroundings at Will's Rare Breeds Farm, and cast your line with Emu Bay Fishing Charters.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Kangaroo Island vacation planner.

Fly from Sydney to Kangaroo Island in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Sydney to Kangaroo Island due to the time zone difference. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 14:

Australia travel guide

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.