16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip planner

Make it your trip
Drive to Fort Smith Regional Airport, Fly to Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport
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Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly
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Brisbane
— 1 day
Drive
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Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive
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Brisbane
Fly
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Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly
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Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly to Fort Smith Regional Airport, Drive to Fayetteville

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk and Darling Harbour. Escape the urban bustle at Terrigal Beach and Bondi to Coogee Walk. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: The Entrance Pelican Feed (in The Entrance), Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Norah Head Lighthouse (in Norah Head). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, and stop by The Rocks.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sydney vacation builder.

Fayetteville, USA to Sydney is an approximately 27-hour combination of car and flight. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Fayetteville to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Fayetteville in December; daily highs in Sydney reach 81°F and lows reach 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:

Brisbane

— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane planning site.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

Gold Coast

— 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 24th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at David Fleay Wildlife Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Greenmount Beach, stroll through Tugun Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Currumbin Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Head National Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast vacation planner.

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

Brisbane

Australia's New World City

Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Anglican Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Opal Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Boggo Road Gaol (Jail).

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Brisbane trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

Cairns

— 5 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Get some cultural insight at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and The Crystal Caves. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Atherton Tablelands. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Curtain Fig National Park (in Yungaburra) and Birdworld Kuranda (in Kuranda). The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cairns itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Brisbane in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 88°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:

Sydney

— 3 nights

The Harbour City

Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Balmoral Beach, Mosman and Bronte Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame and Anzac Memorial. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Katoomba (The Giant Stairway & The Three Sisters), Cronulla Beach Walk (in Cronulla) and NSW Rail Museum (in Thirlmere). Explore Sydney further: take an in-depth tour of Hyde Park Barracks, get interesting insight from Tours, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cairns in December; daily highs in Sydney reach 81°F and lows reach 65°F. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
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.