25 days in Australia Itinerary

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Gold Coast
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Brisbane
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Sydney
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Gold Coast — 4 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.
Spend the 14th (Wed) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. Pack the 16th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Dreamworld. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach, try out the rides at Infinity Attraction, walk around Kirra Hill, and get to know the resident critters at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip itinerary website.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Gold Coast is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is minus 2 hours. In December, Gold Coast is a bit warmer than Christchurch - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.
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Brisbane — 5 nights

Australia's New World City

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Mooloolaba (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Mooloolaba Beach), Aqua Park Bli Bli (in Bli Bli) and Zenko Yoga (in Buddina). There's still lots to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, get in on the family fun at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane, relax in the rural setting at Maleny Dairies, and contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Brisbane sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Sydney.
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Sydney — 8 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Anvil Rock Lookout (in Blackheath), Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Katoomba (Echo Point Lookout, The Three Sisters, &more). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Melbourne.
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Melbourne — 7 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: Dromana (Dromana Pier & Heronswood), The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Werribee (Werribee Park Heritage Orchard & Farmyard, Werribee Open Range Zoo, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, and enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne travel route tool.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Sydney in December, with lows around 14°C. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Australia travel guide

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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.
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