28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia journey planner

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Sydney
— 1 night
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Train to Southern Cross, Ferry to Devonport, Bus to Hobart
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Hobart
— 4 nights
+2
Drive to Devonport, Ferry to Port Melbourne, Drive to Gold Coast
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Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive
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Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Darwin
— 5 nights
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Sydney

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, then race across the water with a speed boat tour, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, and finally look and learn at Sydney Observatory.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary planning app.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Sydney. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Hobart.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Nightlife · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 5:

Hobart

— 4 nights

Tasmania's Capital City

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.
Visiting Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Seven Mile Beach will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sullivans Cove and Runnymede House. There's lots more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, and stroll through Kingston Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hobart holiday builder website.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Hobart takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Hobart at 24°C and lows at 13°C. On the 10th (Fri), you're off to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 10:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kirra Beach and Tugun Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Sea World Cruises and Qld Luxury Car Rentals. Step out of Gold Coast to go to Murwillumbah and see Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, which is approximately 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a splash at The Rockpools, browse the different shops at Robina Town Centre, indulge in some personalized pampering at Touch Therapy Gold Coast, and admire the natural beauty at Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Hobart to Gold Coast takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, Gold Coast is somewhat warmer than Hobart - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 16:

Airlie Beach

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Whitsundays

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 17th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then get a dose of the wild on Turtle Tours.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach online tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Gold Coast to Airlie Beach in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Gold Coast in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in Airlie Beach. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Spas
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:

Cairns

— 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Seastar Cruises Reef Day Trips and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and St Monica's Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, explore the world behind art at Samurai Gallery Australia, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, and go for a walk through Red Arrow Walk.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cairns online visit planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 23:

Port Douglas

— 2 nights
A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
On the 23rd (Thu), don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas road trip planning site.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can fly to Darwin.

Things to do in Port Douglas

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

Darwin

— 5 nights

Outback Capital of the Northern Territory

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Get in touch with nature at Speed Boats Tours and Safaris. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Defence of Darwin Experience and Mbantua Fine Art Gallery (Darwin). There's still lots to do: stroll around Leanyer Recreation Park, learn about all things military at Darwin Military Museum, stroll through Darwin Crocodile Farm, and play a few rounds at Darwin Golf Club.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Darwin trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Port Douglas to Darwin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. December in Darwin sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. On the 31st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Darwin

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 31:

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
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.