Enormous Queensland stretches from the tropics to the semi-tropics, and a trip along the coast is a great way to experience the full range of sights and activities available in the Sunshine State. On this two-week tour you'll snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef, lounge on white-sand beaches on the Whitsunday Islands, enjoy the theme parks of the Gold Coast, come face-to-face with koalas near Brisbane, and much more. Whatever your interests, there's something to keep you happy on this tour that combines action and relaxation.
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Australia is an enormous country, and when trying to work out an itinerary it can be difficult to choose between its lively cities, beautiful beaches, or unique wildlife. With this varied 15-day itinerary, you can experience a bit of everything. Starting in Melbourne, travel along the spectacular Great Ocean Road—one of Australia's best short road trips—before heading to Adelaide and wild Kangaroo Island. You'll also visit Australia's dramatic red center, relax at the Great Barrier Reef, and end in Sydney, Australia's largest city.
This 19-day Australian adventure combines the mega-metropolis of Sydney with the laidback surf towns on the east coast, the reefs and rainforest of Cairns, and the ancient mystique of Uluru. Start with Australia's biggest city before making your way up to Brisbane, stopping en-route to see whales and dolphins, explore tropical forests, and visit relaxed beachside towns. Round it off with a trip up to Cairns & into Australia's Red Center to marvel at some of the world's greatest natural sites and uncover the secrets of the oldest living culture.
Already visited Australia's classic east coast stops? Experience the best of the rest on this two-week trip from Perth to Adelaide, through the heart of Australia's Red Center to Alice Springs, and onto Darwin in the tropical north. See the outback in style on the iconic Ghan Railway, watching the changing light and landscapes as you cover nearly 2,000 miles in three days. Learn about Aboriginal rock art and uncover tales of WWII in Darwin, before making your way back to Perth to enjoy one last amazing Indian Ocean sunset.
This trip to Australia combines vibrant cities with tranquil nature, starting in Melbourne with visits to museums, a scenic drive along Great Ocean Road to see the Twelve Apostles, and a tour of Phillip Island to view the little penguins. Head into the center of the country to explore Uluru and its famous Ayers Rock, with sunrise hikes through the national park, stargazing tours, and the art exhibit, Field of Light. End your trip in Sydney where you'll cruise the harbor, tour the historic neighborhoods, visit the nearby beaches, and explore the Blue Mountains.
This two-week crossover trip takes you from Australia to New Zealand with plenty of adventure laced throughout. Start by touring one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world: Sydney. Then, head to Cairns to explore the Great Barrier Reef. In the last Australian stop, Melbourne, you'll spend time in hip neighborhoods and visit wild kangaroos and koalas. Afterward, it'll be time to hop over to New Zealand, where you'll get your adrenaline fix in Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world.
The adventure begins in the cultural heartland of Melbourne, and continues in Adelaide, where you'll find unique wildlife. Next, you'll head into the Red Centre to see Uluru before transferring to Kakadu National Park in Darwin. You'll then venture east to Cairns to visit the Great Barrier Reef, and end in Sydney. From here, you'll fly over to New Zealand, where you will do adventure sports in Queenstown, hike Mount Cook, and explore Christchurch.
When planning a trip to Australia, a 10-day trip is an ideal amount of time to visit four different areas. However, if you are strapped for time, you can explore two regions in five days, or up to three if you have a full week at your disposal. For those with more time and flexibility, two weeks allows you to make stops at anywhere from four to 10 destinations, depending on the pace you prefer.
Cover the highlights on this 10-day tour that perfectly combines urban exploration with outdoor excursions starting in the cultural capital of Melbourne—a great jumping-off point to explore nearby Phillip Island and the Great Ocean Road. Venture into the "Red Center" to visit the iconic Ayers Rock before flying out to tropical Cairns to cuddle with a koala and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef. End your stay with a Sydney city tour and a day trip to Blue Mountains National Park.
In two weeks, you can explore an average of four regions in Australia. The most efficient trips fly you in and out of major cities—like Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide—ensuring you can piggyback with free days and city tours in each location. It’s possible to take several day trips to famous destinations like the Great Barrier Reef and the Blue Mountains, venture into The Outback’s desert region, and even cross over into New Zealand.
September is the first month of spring in most of Australia, and still the dry season in the tropical north. Temperatures increase throughout the country, but are only slightly higher than in August, and rainfall is still low in the north. Conditions are good for traveling to the various climatic zones around the vast country.
August is the last month of winter in much of Australia, and the middle of the dry season in the tropical north. Temperatures make a slow increase from the lows of July, but conditions are generally good in most places for all sorts of activities. Whether you want to ski, laze on a beach, browse city museums, or road trip across the country, it's all possible in August.
July is mid-winter in much of Australia, and the middle of the dry season in the tropical north. But, as the country is so huge, temperatures and conditions vary enormously. From snow sports to swimming in warm tropical seas, Australia in July is whatever you want it to be.
June is the beginning of winter in southern parts of Australia, but the middle of the dry season in the tropical north. While Australia isn't known for its cold temperatures, many visitors will be surprised by how cool it can get inland in the south, with snow possible in some places. But, if you'd rather avoid that, northern Queensland, the Northern Territory, and northern Western Australia are at their best in June.
May is the final month of autumn in much of Australia, but in the tropical north, it's also the start of the dry season. Whether you prefer cool crisp weather or hot and dry, May in Australia offers something for all preferences. From city sightseeing in the south to national park adventures in the Top End, here's what you need to know about traveling in Australia in May.
April is mid-autumn in Australia, but as the country is so large and has such huge climatic variation, this can mean everything from crisp fall days (Canberra, Melbourne, Tasmania) to heat and humidity that's only marginally less than in summer (Darwin, north Queensland). April is a great time to travel in Australia because parts of the country that are too hot to comfortably visit in summer become more accessible, and conditions in the southeastern cities are generally fine.
October is the middle of spring in most of Australia, and the end of the dry season in the tropical north. Temperatures are creeping up after the cool of winter, and rainfall is generally low throughout the country. Conditions are good for most kinds of activities, from city sightseeing to outback road trips, although avoid the sea in the tropical north in October, as this month is the start of the dreaded 'stinger season'.
November is the last month of spring in southern parts of Australia, and the start of the rainy season in the tropical north. Travelers seeking warm weather, beaches, and sunny skies are in luck, as temperatures are high but not as scorching as they'll becoming in summer (although the tropics are best avoided). Here are some important things to know about traveling to Australia in November.
December is the first month of summer in most of Australia (and the rainy season in the tropical north). It's a busy time of year with school holidays around Christmas and New Year, and an increase in international visitors who come to experience Australia's famously hot weather. And, despite temperatures being very hot in some places, there are also plenty of places to cool down and avoid the heat, if you prefer.
March is the first month of autumn in Australia, and while conditions vary enormously throughout this large country, temperatures begin to cool everywhere. In the southern cities, this is an ideal time to go sightseeing, and beaches still have great conditions for swimming. If Easter falls in March, expect plenty of fellow travelers, international and domestic alike.
February is mid-summer in Australia, so temperatures across the country range from warm to incredibly hot. But, as many Australians will have returned to school and work after their holidays in January, some tourist hot-spots will be a bit quieter, and although it's still peak season, you can avoid the highest of the peak season prices.
January is mid-summer in Australia, and that means throughout the country temperatures range from pleasant to hot (and to blazing hot). Travelers seeking a sunny beach holiday won't be short of options around the coast. Cities can be scorching, but they're also air-conditioned; and for other outdoor adventures, Tasmania is a cooler option.
In seven days, you can see the highlights of three Australian cities, with day trips from each. Pair Melbourne, Sydney, and Cairns, for example, and you can easily visit the Blue Mountains and Great Barrier Reef. Or head to Western Australia, basing yourself in Exmouth and Perth, where you'll swim with whale sharks and snorkel off Rottnest Island. Other options featured below include a Whitsundays island retreat, Outback exploration in Uluru, and a family-friendly Gold Coast adventure.
Ten days is a comfortable amount of time for an in-depth exploration of one region—Eastern, Northern, or Western Australia—or for a highlights trip that hops between top cities and points of interest, like Melbourne, Sydney, and Uluru. Embark on excursions to the country’s best destinations, including the Great Barrier Reef, Blue Mountains, and Kangaroo Island, all via the five itineraries below.
Enjoy the best of the East Coast of Australia on this two-week trip. Begin with a tour of Brisbane and its inviting Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Then, enjoy Airlie Beach and Whitehaven Beach—both part of the Whitsunday Islands. Indulge in a free day in Cairns before cruising over to the world-famous Great Barrier Reef and lush Daintree Rainforest. Next, tour Adelaide and spend a full day with native species at Kangaroo Island. The trip concludes in Sydney to discover the landmarks, as well as the stunning Blue Mountains region.
Spend a week in three of Australia’s eventful regions—Sydney, Uluru, and Cairns. Go sightseeing in Sydney, from The Rocks to Bondi Beach, then adventure through the stunning Blue Mountains region. Next, get a taste of The Outback in Uluru, where spectacular colors change from sunrise to sunset over Ayers Rock. Then, travel to Cairns to experience the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, along with an exciting journey across the Kuranda Scenic Railway.
On this weeklong, family-friendly vacation to Australia, experience two different regions—Brisbane and Gold Coast. Upon landing in Brisbane, do some self-exploration, and take in welcome views together from Mount Coot-Tha. Then, board a relaxing river cruise to mingle with native animals at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, followed by more fauna fun at the Australia Zoo. Next, travel to Gold Coast to join an Aquaduck tour of the city, followed by a free day, and an adventure to action-packed Movie World.
This 10-day journey begins in Tropical North Queensland, where the ocean meets the rainforest. Go sightseeing in Cairns, before embarking on a day trip to snorkel through the spectacular Great Barrier Reef. Then, head to Darwin to explore the outdoor landmarks—Kakadu National Park, Katherine Gorge, and Edith Falls. Next, venture to Broome to visit an indigenous wilderness camp and discover the Horizontal Falls phenomenon. The tour ends in Perth, with a free day to stroll or adventure, along with beach excursions to Coral Bay and Shark Bay.
Two weeks offers plenty of time to explore some of the best regions in Australia. Arrive in Melbourne and enjoy the funky, bohemian vibe of the city, along with some sightseeing and a free day. Then, travel to Sydney for a pub tour, and to explore the famous neighborhoods and iconic landmarks around Sydney Harbour. Next, tour Gold Coast, including an excursion to Mount Tambourine National Park, along with free time to surf and relax. The trip concludes in Cairns with two epic day trips to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest.
Five days is a quick trip to Australia—you'll want to embark on a regional adventure to make the most of your time. A tour of Sydney offers stops at all the popular landmarks and a day trip to the Blue Mountains. Or, explore Far North Queensland, including the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. You can even journey deep into the Outback of Uluru, through Ayers Rock and Alice Springs. Learn more in our itinerary picks below.
This 10-day trip through Western Australia includes plenty of outdoor adventure. Land in Exmouth to swim with whale sharks and explore Ningaloo Reef, followed by an active tour of Cape Range National Park and its beautiful gorges. Then, visit Margaret River to visit unique caves and indulge in a gourmet wine tasting day. Next, travel to Perth to go shopping on Murray Street and Hay Street and embark on day trips to the cliffs and Pink Lake of Kalbarri, as well as a snorkeling tour of Rottnest Island.
On this weeklong journey through Australia’s West Coral Coast, adventure through the beaches of Exmouth and then to the capital of Western Australia—Perth. In Exmouth, snorkel through Ningaloo Reef, and go swimming with whale sharks. Then, explore the canyons of Cape Range National Park and cruise along Yardie Creek. Next, fly to Perth for a nighttime walking tour of the bar and restaurant scene, followed by a trip to Rottnest Island for a self-guided biking and snorkeling tour. The journey winds down with a free day in Perth, to continue discovering landmarks and hidden gems, alike.
On this two-week journey to Australia and New Zealand, adventure through four cities and several iconic landmarks. Begin in Sydney to visit popular sites like Bondi Beach and the Sydney Opera House. Next, explore famed Ayers Rock and Uluru. Then, it's off to Melbourne for local sightseeing, a wildlife tour, and a free day of discovery. Finally, transport to Auckland to explore the city, along with a day trip to Bay of Islands for marine life sightings and views along the open water of New Zealand.
This two-week journey through the Australian Outback weaves through 10 destinations. The adventure kicks off in Adelaide, and then ventures to Port Augusta, with stunning waterside lookouts. Next, head to the mining town of Coober Pedy, followed by a tour through Uluru, home of Ayers Rock. Discover the vast Kings Canyon on a day trip, then do some sightseeing in Alice Springs. The final leg of the adventure runs through Tennant Creek, Katherine, Kakadu National Park, and Darwin.
On this 10-day adventure, visit four cities that offer a mix of sightseeing tours and outdoor excursions. Land in Melbourne and stroll through popular sites, before taking to Great Ocean Road to explore seaside lookouts. Next is Adelaide, which offers museum tours and a trip to Kangaroo Island, decorated with native species. Then, visit Sydney's local landmarks, along with the picturesque Blue Mountains, before the grand finale out of Cairns—a memorable boat tour to the world-famous Great Barrier Reef.
Explore the Australian Outback on this eventful five-day journey. Begin in Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, and discover the ancient Red Centre and its surroundings. Then, travel to Alice Springs to tour the art galleries and local sites, including Anza Hill and the Alice Springs Telegraph Station. Next, visit the grandiose, red-hued West MacDonnell Ranges as a scenic sendoff.
This five-day itinerary encompasses the best of South East Queensland. Begin in Brisbane, with a trip to Mount Coot-Tha for beautiful views and a welcome toast. Then, explore the Australia Zoo with its many native exhibits, shows, and tours. Next, enjoy a free day in Gold Coast—take a walk through Burleigh Heads National Park Headlands, embark on the SkyPoint Climb excursion, or visit one of the many theme parks—followed by a visit to Mount Tambourine National Park.
Far North Queensland Getaway: Cairns, Port Douglas, Great Barrier Reef, & Daintree Rainforest - 5 Days
Explore Far North Queensland on this active, five-day getaway. Begin in Cairns, and get acquainted with aboriginal culture and fare, along with strolling through the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Next, take a day trip to the largest coral reef system on the planet—the Great Barrier Reef—where you can cruise, snorkel, and explore this world-famous destination. Then, take the trip to Port Douglas to visit local wildlife, along with the Daintree Rainforest, and the Kuku Yalanji indigenous people.
This five-day Sydney itinerary provides an active adventure through the New South Wales' capital city. Take a sightseeing tour of all the best neighborhoods and sites—The Rocks, Bondi Beach, Kings Cross, and Mrs Macquarie’s Chair included. A day trip to The UNESCO World Heritage region of the Blue Mountains allows you to explore the outdoors and interact with animals. The trip concludes with a guided tour of the famed Sydney Opera House and a thrilling climbing excursion up Sydney Harbour Bridge.
On this two-week, self-drive journey through Australia, visit two major cities, and plenty of scenic stops in between. Begin in Melbourne before heading to Mount Baw Baw for some hiking, biking, or fly fishing. Next, spend two days in Yarra Valley, followed by a return to Melbourne to do some sightseeing. Then, head to Sydney to launch into more offshoots—Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Mudgee, Lithgow, and Hawkesbury River included. The vacation concludes in Sydney with visits to Bondi Beach, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the famed Sydney Opera House.
Cover the spectrum of these two dynamic countries with this comprehensive itinerary. Start off in New Zealand, where you'll visit both the North and South islands to explore Maori culture, natural wonders, adventure sports, and more—sip wine on Waiheke island, hike at Aoraki, and cruise through Milford Sound. Then head to Australia, starting with the city sights in Melbourne before you meet the penguins of Phillip Island, stunning scenes of Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef, and urban streets of Sydney.
Covering four states, this perfectly curated itinerary features Australia's top attractions in 12 days, providing visitors with a well-rounded experience. Beginning in cool and trendy Melbourne, you'll work your way around the country to the cosmopolitan cities of Adelaide and Sydney, ending the trip in Cairns. Along the way, you'll drive the scenic Great Ocean Road, hang out with kangaroos and seals on Kangaroo Island, climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge, and explore the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland.
On this five-day, self-drive trip, explore the coastal capital city of Melbourne and then hit the open road. One of Victoria's most scenic drives, Great Ocean Road provides plenty of exciting pit stops—explore the surfing town of Bells Beach, discover the waterfalls of Lorne, zipline through the Otway Ranges, and visit The Twelve Apostles rock formations. On the way back to Melbourne, do some sightseeing in Ballarat, known for its Gold Rush heritage and indigenous art.
On this 10-day adventure through Australia, discover four cities, along with several scenic day trips. Begin in Sydney to tour landmarks and areas like The Rocks, Sydney Harbour, and Bondi Beach, along with an excursion to the stunning Blue Mountains region. Then, enjoy a quick day in Carins for an indigenous experience, followed by two days in Gold Coast to tour the beaches and enjoy some thrills. The vacation ends in Melbourne to visit the funky pub scene, embark on a wildlife tour of Phillip Island, and take a guided road trip through Great Ocean Road.
Explore North Tropical Queensland on this seven-day tour. Begin in Hamilton Island and snorkel, sea kayak, play a round of golf, or relax. Then, take a cruise to Whitehaven Beach and learn the history of the area. Next, journey to Port Douglas to enjoy a day of leisure, a tour of Daintree Rainforest, an excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. The trip winds down in Cairns, with plenty of native animal exhibits to visit and a scenic ride up the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
Explore southeast Australia on this combination self-drive and flying tour on this comprehensive 22-day itinerary. Start your trip in quirky Melbourne to explore hidden alleyways and eclectic coffee shops, then pick up a car and explore the the coast. Spend a few days in Tasmania, then end your trip in Sydney and the beautiful nature of the Blue Mountains and the Hunter Valley Vineyards.
This educational 11-day itinerary explores a remote area of Australia for an adventure rarely experienced by the average traveler. Starting in Brisbane, you'll travel through a series of small distinct towns in Queensland's outback brimming with pioneer history, stunning scenery, and a mix of activities that run the gamut from cattle herding to bushwalking to touching dinosaur fossils, to name a few.
Explore the East Coast of Australia at your own pace on this 20-day self-drive tour. Stop in Sydney and the beautiful Gold Coast, learn to surf and go hiking in the rainforest in Queensland. See unique Australian animals in the many nature preserves and enjoy the sun-soaked beaches on the coast. Snorkle to see the Great Barrier Reef, venture to the Australian outback to see a sacred site, and go white-water rafting as you experience all Australia has to offer.
Cover the rugged terrain and sweeping desert landscape of the Australian Outback on this epic self-drive excursion through Victoria, South Australia, and Northern Territory. Begin your 18-day tour in trendy Melbourne and fly to arty Adelaide where you'll pick up your rental car and drive on your schedule to Darwin on the opposite coast. You'll explore four major national parks, spot endemic wildlife in their natural habitat, visit rural towns, and discover ancient Aboriginal art.
Explore the natural beauty and diverse wildlife on this two-week coastal adventure of Victoria and South Australia. Starting and ending in Melbourne, you'll drive along Australia's southern edge navigating the Great Ocean Road and choosing to stop on your schedule until you reach Adelaide. Along the way, you'll discover dramatic rock formations like the famous Twelve Apostles, meet kangaroos and fur seals on Kangaroo Island, and learn about aboriginal culture in Grampians National Park.