19 days in Australia Itinerary

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Sydney
— 2 nights
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Coolangatta
— 4 nights
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Bus to Robina station, platform 1, Train to International Airport station, platform 1, Fly to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
Drive to Breakwater Ferry Terminal, Ferry to Magnetic Island
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Magnetic Island
Ferry to Breakwater Ferry Terminal, Drive to Cairns
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Cairns
— 3 nights
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Perth
— 3 nights
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Sydney — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, then stroll through Bronte Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): learn about all things military at Anzac Memorial, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney travel route website.

Hong Kong, China to Sydney is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Hong Kong Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Hong Kong in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Coolangatta.
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Coolangatta — 4 nights

A wrecked schooner that washed up on shore in 1846 is the namesake for the Coolangatta.
Get in touch with nature at Coolangatta Beach and Greenmount Beach. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sea views from Fingal Head Lighthouse.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Coolangatta road trip app.

Getting from Sydney to Coolangatta by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 19th (Mon), you're off to Airlie Beach.
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Airlie Beach — 4 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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Airlie Beach Lagoon. Explore hidden gems such as Horseshoe Bay and Crocodile Safari. Explore Airlie Beach's surroundings by going to Bowen (Bowen Historical Society and Museum & Grays Bay). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at Intuitive Massage & Beauty Centre, hunt for treasures at Lions Airlie Beach Markets, see the interesting displays at Proserpine Museum, and view the masterpieces at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach journey planner.

Getting from Coolangatta to Airlie Beach by combination of bus, train, and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Coolangatta in December since evenings lows in Airlie Beach dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Magnetic Island.
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Magnetic Island

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Magnetic Island travel route planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Magnetic Island can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. You will leave for Cairns on the 23rd (Fri).
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Cairns — 3 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.
Head to Rusty's Market and Cairns Art Galleryfor some retail therapy. Get some cultural insight at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and St Monica's Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove Jetty (in Palm Cove) and Kuranda (Birdworld Kuranda & Barron Falls). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore and take pictures at Red Arrow Walk, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns road trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Perth.
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Perth — 3 nights

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Do some cultural sightseeing at St. Mary's Cathedral and Fremantle Prison. Discover out-of-the-way places like Scitech and Floreat Beach. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, identify plant and animal life at Matilda Bay Reserve, kick back and relax at City Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. George's Cathedral.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Perth road trip planner.

Getting from Cairns to Perth by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns to Perth, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cairns in December, Perth is little chillier at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly 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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Queensland travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Wildlife Areas
Located in the northeast of Australia, Queensland boasts a rich history, efficient cities, picturesque coastline, and lush interior rainforest. Tourism in Queensland tends to revolve around the Sunshine State's countless beaches and coastal enclaves, which engender a laid-back, easygoing way of life. Named after Queen Victoria, the state was first settled by Europeans in the 17th century, but the area is believed to have served as home to the country's Aboriginal population as far back as 60,000 years.
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