27 days in Australia & Queenstown Itinerary

27 days in Australia & Queenstown Itinerary

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Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
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Byron Bay, Australia
— 3 nights
Bus
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Gold Coast, Australia
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Noosa, Australia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Gympie, Australia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rainbow Beach, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly to Brisbane, Foot to Brisbane
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Brisbane, Australia
— 1 night
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Airlie Beach, Australia
— 3 nights
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Brisbane, Australia
— 1 night
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Queenstown, New Zealand

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Sydney, Australia — 5 nights

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, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney visit planning tool.

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 10 hours. In December, Sydney is much hotter than London - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Byron Bay.
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Byron Bay, Australia — 3 nights

Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): stop by Byron Bay Cookie Company Gift Shop and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Stone & Wood Brewery Byron Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at The Farm Byron Bay, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay trip maker.

You can fly from Sydney to Byron Bay in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Byron Bay can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.
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Gold Coast, Australia — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): browse the different shops at Robina Town Centre, then find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, then kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach, and finally catch some excitement at Infinity Attraction. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Gold Coast takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Noosa.
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Noosa, Australia — 4 nights

Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Noosa: Australia Zoo (in Beerwah), Mooloolaba (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Mooloolaba Beach) and Maleny Dairies (in Maleny). Spend the 15th (Thu) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at Essential Bodywork, stop by Home & Her, make a splash at BLAST Aqua Park Coolum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Noosa Main Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Noosa trip planner.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Noosa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Gympie.
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Gympie, Australia — 2 nights

Gympie is a regional city in the Wide Bay-Burnett region of Queensland, Australia. On the 18th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum and then stroll around Lake Alford Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): examine the collection at Woodworks Museum & Interpretive Centre, relax in the rural setting at Cooloola Berries, and then look for gifts at Farmer and Sun.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Gympie day trip planning site.

Getting from Noosa to Gympie by car takes about an hour. You will leave for Rainbow Beach on the 20th (Tue).
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Rainbow Beach, Australia — 3 nights

Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. When in Rainbow Beach, make a side trip to see Barnacles Dolphin Centre in Tin Can Bay, approximately Tin Can Bay away. Spend the 22nd (Thu) among aquatic life with Wolf Rock Dive Centre. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Carlo Sand Blow, explore the activities along Searys Creek, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Rainbow Beach Massage, Retreats and Wellness Centre.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rainbow Beach trip site.

You can drive from Gympie to Rainbow Beach in an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Brisbane.
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Brisbane, Australia — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, walk around Roma Street Parkland, and then explore the activities along The Brisbane River. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then get in on the family fun at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Rainbow Beach to Brisbane in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Airlie Beach.
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Airlie Beach, Australia — 3 nights

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 25th (Sun), get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the pleasant sights at Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

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

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Airlie Beach takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Brisbane in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in Airlie Beach. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can fly to Brisbane.
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Brisbane, Australia — 1 night

On the 27th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then get in on the family fun at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane, and then admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Brisbane road trip tool.

You can fly from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Airlie Beach in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 23°C in Brisbane. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Queenstown.
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Queenstown, New Zealand

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown tour site.

You can fly from Brisbane to Queenstown in 6.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
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Australia travel guide

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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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