Best of Sydney

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Sydney
Stylish Sydney is an international city filled with vibrant life and a sense of daring. Visit the city’s icons with a tour of the famous Opera House or climb up along the Harbour Bridge. Then hit the streets, where you’ll also find a diverse population that brings a wealth of cultural experiences and delicious dining options.

Previous kimkim travelers have hopped on board a bike to tour the city, rather than the conventional bus tour, stopping at all the highlights. Take the stage and go inside one of the working venues within the Opera House, including an immersive digital visual and sound experience with moments from past performances, or catch a wave with a surf lesson at Bondi Beach.
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How Many Days to Spend in Sydney

As Australia's largest city, you could spend several weeks in Sydney and still not run out of things to see and do. But, most travelers don't have this long. If you're short on time, the priorities should be seeing some of the central city's landmarks, whereas if you have a few days you can make some day trips to natural attractions further afield. So, how many days should you spend in Sydney? Read on to find out more about your options.

The view of Sydney
Map of Highlights of Sydney: Bondi Beach, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House & More - 5 Days
Highlights of Sydney: Bondi Beach, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House & More - 5 Days

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.

Views across Sydney Harbor
Map of Highlights of Sydney - 6 Days
Highlights of Sydney - 6 Days

See the best of Sydney in under a week on this action-packed trip. Start with some adventuring in the Blue Mountains and Featherdale Wildlife Park before checking off iconic locales like the Opera House, Bondi Beach, and Taronga Zoo. Other highlights include a cruise to Shark Island National Park and a twilight climb up the soaring Harbour Bridge.

Kids surfing in Australia
Map of Melbourne & Sydney for Families - 7 Days
Melbourne & Sydney for Families - 7 Days

This week-long Australia itinerary is perfect for families who want to experience a mix of Melbourne and Sydney's top sights with two classic Aussie day trips. Practice your surf skills in Melbourne before getting up close and personal with the penguins, kangaroos, and koalas of Phillip Island. Pan for gold and cry eureka as you go back in time at Sovereign Hill. Hang ten at Bondi Beach in Sydney before an adrenaline-filled day at Luna Park, followed by a lunch cruise around Sydney's iconic harbor.

Family cycle around Uluru
Map of  Family-Friendly Sydney, Uluru & Melbourne - 7 Days
Family-Friendly Sydney, Uluru & Melbourne - 7 Days

Experience the best of Australia with this weeklong family-friendly itinerary that spans Sydney's top sights, an unforgettable trip to Uluru, and the magic of Melbourne. Learn how to surf at Bondi Beach and journey to the African Savannah at Taronga Zoo. Head to Uluru to watch the sunrise and create your own artwork guided by a local Anangu artist. Finally, it's off to the cultural capital of Melbourne to explore the city's labyrinthine laneways and funky street art.

Queenstown sunset
Map of Highlights of Australia & New Zealand -11 Days
Highlights of Australia & New Zealand -11 Days

Experience the highlights of Australia and New Zealand in this action-packed 11-day holiday. Start with Sydney's iconic landmarks before making your way up to Cairns to dive into the Great Barrier Reef. Next, fly over to Queenstown—the adventure capital of the world—where you can bungee jump, ride jet boats, and explore the land of Lord of the Rings.

Emerald waters at Mossman Gorge
Map of  Explore Australia & New Zealand: Sydney, Palm Cove & Queenstown - 12 Days
Explore Australia & New Zealand: Sydney, Palm Cove & Queenstown - 12 Days

Cross mountains, rivers, and oceans on this 12-day journey through Australia and New Zealand. Start in Sydney, where you'll visit Shark Island and discover its grottoes, secluded beaches, and cliffs. Fly north to Palm Cove to scuba dive and explore the Great Barrier Reef, then hop over to New Zealand's adventure capital of Queenstown—where you'll go wine tasting in Central Otago, take an overnight cruise through Milford Sound, and explore narrow canyons by jet boat.

Lie out on Bondi Beach
Map of Classic Australia: Melbourne, Uluru & Sydney - 12 Days
Classic Australia: Melbourne, Uluru & Sydney - 12 Days

Leave no stone unturned on this epic 12-day adventure that covers the best of southern, northern, and southeastern Australia. You'll journey from the up-and-coming city of Melbourne and travel along the Great Ocean Road, followed by a trip to the mystical rock formations dotting the arid deserts of the Red Centre. End the trip in Sydney, where you'll explore this handsome metropolis on city tours, boat tours, and beach excursions—you'll even take a day trip to the rugged Blue Mountains.

Sydney Harbour
Map of The Ultimate Aussie Excursion: Cairns, Uluru, & Sydney - 10 Days
The Ultimate Aussie Excursion: Cairns, Uluru, & Sydney - 10 Days

On this 10-day trip to Australia, enjoy a mix of city tours and outdoor excursions. First, explore Cairns, along with a memorable day trip to the famed Great Barrier Reef. Next, visit the Outback of Uluru and iconic Ayers Rock. Then, land in Sydney for a city tour, a day of wine tasting in Hunter Valley, and a free day to experience the BridgeClimb at Sydney Harbour Bridge and the renowned Sydney Opera House.

Sunrise over Kata Tjuta
Map of Sydney, Uluru & Cairns - 8 Days
Sydney, Uluru & Cairns - 8 Days

Get to know four of Australia's most iconic travel destinations on this eight-day itinerary. Begin your trip in Sydney—where you'll walk historic cobblestoned streets, explore trendy suburbs, and indulge in the delicious multicultural culinary fare on offer—then head to the nearby Blue Mountains and take in its stunning natural beauty. Fly to Uluru, where an unparalleled spiritual experience awaits, then onto Cairns to see some of Australia's most famous underwater wildlife and rainforests.

Aerial view of Bondi Beach with Sydney in the background
Map of Experience Australia: Sydney & Cairns - 8 Days
Experience Australia: Sydney & Cairns - 8 Days

This well-rounded Aussie adventure checks off the east coast's greatest highlights in just over a week. See the famous landmarks of Sydney, then head north to Cairns to dive into the tropical Great Barrier Reef and discover the Kuranda Rainforest. Along the way, you'll have free time for day trips and leisure time to explore at your own pace—from the iconic sands of Bondi Beach to the ancient jungles of Daintree National Park.

View of Sydney, Australia at Sunset
Map of Best of Australia: Melbourne to Sydney - 11 Days
Best of Australia: Melbourne to Sydney - 11 Days

This trip to Australia starts in Melbourne with city exploration, a scenic drive along Great Ocean Road, and a visit to the penguins of Phillip Island. Head to the center of the country to explore Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, with sunrise hikes through the national park, stargazing tours, and the Field of Light art exhibit. End your trip in Sydney where you'll cruise the harbor, tour historic neighborhoods, visit nearby beaches, and explore the Blue Mountains.

Kids having fun on the beach
Map of Australia & New Zealand for Families: Big Cities, Adventure & the Reef - 14 Days
Australia & New Zealand for Families: Big Cities, Adventure & the Reef - 14 Days

The perfect itinerary for families with active older kids and teens, this two-week tour takes you to the heart of Australia and New Zealand's natural wonders. Discover Sydney and Melbourne's top attractions before heading north to Cairns for an epic day at the Great Barrier Reef. Travel through the rainforest and down the Great Ocean Road, then hop over to New Zealand's adventure capital of Queenstown to explore mountains, fjords, and "Lord of the Rings" country.

Port Douglas
Map of Sydney, Uluru & Port Douglas - 11 Days
Sydney, Uluru & Port Douglas - 11 Days

Spend 11 days enjoying some of the best of urban Australia as well as outback excursions you'll not soon forget. It begins in the global metropolis of Sydney, where you'll experience its city sights and postcard beaches on walking tours. Then fly to the Northern Territory for spiritual expeditions into the red deserts at Uluru before finishing the trip on the Great Barrier Reef and in the ancient rainforests of Daintree.

Sunset over Cairns' Trinity Bay
Map of Australia Adventure: Sydney & Cairns - 6 Days
Australia Adventure: Sydney & Cairns - 6 Days

See the highlights of Sydney and Cairns on this short but action-packed six-day holiday. Tour the Sydney Opera House and Taronga Zoo before heading to Cairns to snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef. Spend your last full day taking in breathtaking views of Cairns and its rainforests by train and cable car.

Happy kids lying on a sandy beach
Map of Australia for Families: Sydney, Uluru, Cairns & the Whitsundays - 14 Days
Australia for Families: Sydney, Uluru, Cairns & the Whitsundays - 14 Days

This 14-day highlights tour takes you on an adventure through Australia's most spectacular natural sights. Perfect for families with older kids, enjoy the buzz of Sydney before experiencing the best of Australia's desert outback, mountainous rainforest, and sub-tropical coastal shores. Along the way, you'll encounter First Nations culture at Uluru, swim in a rainforest creek, and explore the Great Barrier Reef before ending up in paradise on the shores of the Whitsunday Islands.

Little girl looks at a birdwing butterfly sitting on a plant in the Cairns' rainforest
Map of Brisbane, Port Douglas & Sydney Family Adventure - 14 Days
Brisbane, Port Douglas & Sydney Family Adventure - 14 Days

This jam-packed two-week itinerary is perfect for active families wanting to explore the best of Australia's wildlife and outdoor lifestyle. Get up close and personal with the country's cutest and scaliest animals, see the city sights of Brisbane and Sydney by boat, bike, and kayak, and discover the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. Along the way, you'll ride a cable car over the rainforest, dive into the Mossman River for a snorkeling tour, and wind up hiking the breathtaking Blue Mountains.

Experience Uluru in Central Australia's outback
Map of Highlights of Australia: Sydney, Uluru & Cairns - 9 Days
Highlights of Australia: Sydney, Uluru & Cairns - 9 Days

If you've got limited time to tackle the vast Australian continent, this may be the itinerary for you. You'll start in cosmopolitan Sydney under the eaves of the famous Opera House, then fly out to the Red Centre to experience the dramatic rock formations of Uluru. Top it off with a visit to Cairns to explore the natural beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, with plenty of free days in between to add your own twist.

Sunrise on Australia's Gold Coast
Map of Australian East Coast Adventure: Brisbane, Cairns & Sydney - 9 Days
Australian East Coast Adventure: Brisbane, Cairns & Sydney - 9 Days

Discover Australia's east coast with three of its most glowing cities. Start in Brisbane with a visit to the Australia Zoo, which houses over 1,200 wildlife species. Head to Cairns, a tropical paradise with sparkling waters and white sandy beaches. Snorkel in a sheltered lagoon near the Great Barrier Reef, followed by viewing this natural wonder from up close in a glass-bottomed boat. Next is Sydney, where you'll visit the most iconic sites of this dynamic, multicultural metropolis.

Kata Tjuta at sunset
Map of Sydney, Uluru & Port Douglas - 9 Days
Sydney, Uluru & Port Douglas - 9 Days

In nine days, you can hit the highlights of Australia, from the cities to the outback to the rainforests of the northern tropics. Start the journey in style with the city sights and culture of Sydney before embarking on the nearby Blue Mountains for nature hikes around this Grand Canyon of the south. Then, jet off to Northern Territory for spiritual stargazing near the iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock) before finishing the trip on the Great Barrier Reef and in the rainforests of tropical Queensland.

Noah Beach where the Daintree Rainforest meets the ocean
Map of Highlights of Australia - 12 Days
Highlights of Australia - 12 Days

This 12-day highlights tour combines stunning natural settings and diverse wildlife with heart-stopping activities. You'll begin in Sydney before flying into the outback, ending your stay along the coast where you'll divide your time between rainforest and the Coral Sea. You'll hug koalas in Kuranda, watch whales off the coast of Sydney, snorkel part of the Great Barrier Reef, as well as hike in the Blue Mountains and catch a sunset over Uluru.

Sydney
Map of Best of Melbourne, Sydney, & Cairns - 7 Days
Best of Melbourne, Sydney, & Cairns - 7 Days

On this weeklong trip to Australia, experience three different cities and several landmarks along the way. The itinerary begins in Melbourne, where you can enjoy some local sightseeing. Then, travel Great Ocean Road, which hosts scenic lookouts like The Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard. The next stop is Sydney, which includes a pub crawl and a day trip to the stunning Blue Mountains. The final leg takes you to Cairns, where the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park awaits, as well as a memorable finale at the world-famous Great Barrier Reef.

Cairns Lagoon
Map of Australia Highlights: Sydney, Cairns & the Outback - 7 Days
Australia Highlights: Sydney, Cairns & the Outback - 7 Days

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 and an exciting journey across the Kuranda Scenic Railway.

Bondi Beach
Map of Highlights of Australia & New Zealand: Sydney, Uluru, Melbourne, & Auckland - 14 Days
Highlights of Australia & New Zealand: Sydney, Uluru, Melbourne, & Auckland - 14 Days

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.

Enjoy learning to surf at Australia's beautiful beaches
Map of Australia East Coast Family Adventure - 13 Days
Australia East Coast Family Adventure - 13 Days

Featuring an energetic mix of wildlife excursions and fun outdoor adventures, this 13-day itinerary is a great introduction to Australia for the whole family. Take a selfie with the cute koalas at Brisbane's Koala Sanctuary then dive into the Mossman River for a snorkeling tour. Who knows, you might even find the elusive platypus! Spend the day discovering the Great Barrier Reef, then fly to Sydney, where a tour of the Royal Opera House and a trip to the spectacular Blue Mountains conclude this memorable family trip.

Sail in a hot-air balloon over Australia's Yarra Valley at sunrise
Map of Epic Australia & New Zealand: Cities, Beaches & Mountains - 21 Days
Epic Australia & New Zealand: Cities, Beaches & Mountains - 21 Days

On this three-week trip of a lifetime, you'll experience the highlights of Australia's eastern and southern coasts. It will take you from Sydney's iconic Opera House up to the famous Great Barrier Reef and down to Melbourne for wildlife excursions and even a hot-air balloon ride over wine country. As if that isn't enough, you'll jet off to New Zealand for adventures in its unspoiled wilderness, including visiting glowworm caves, volcanic valleys, glacial fjords, and much more.

Children on beach
Map of Australian Adventure for Families: City, Outback & Reef in 10 Days
Australian Adventure for Families: City, Outback & Reef in 10 Days

This adventure-packed 10-day itinerary features a mix of unmissable UNESCO World Heritage Sights with plenty of family-friendly excursions both inland and on the coast. Soak up the sights of Sydney, spend the day touring the Northern Beaches and nearby National Parks, then venture into the outback to watch the sunrise and sunset over Uluru. Snorkel among the beautiful coral and marine life in the Great Barrier Reef before experiencing the magic of the world's oldest rainforest.

Views across Sydney's Bondi Beach
Map of Highlights of Sydney, Port Douglas & Brisbane - 13 Days
Highlights of Sydney, Port Douglas & Brisbane - 13 Days

In 13 days, this action-packed itinerary introduces you to Australia's eastern coast highlights using three cities as jumping-off points. Climb the Harbour Bridge and cycle through the waterfront neighborhoods of Sydney before flying north to Port Douglas, where the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and the ancient rainforests of Daintree await. Turn south to end in Brisbane, touring the famous Australia Zoo and adventuring through the waterfalls of Springbrook National Park.

Govett's Leap in the Blue Mountains
Map of Australia Cities & Wildlife Adventure for Families - 14 Days
Australia Cities & Wildlife Adventure for Families - 14 Days

This active two-week Australian trip starts with a hot air balloon flight across Melbourne and finishes on the shores of Sydney. Perfect for active families with older kids, this itinerary ticks the best of Australia's wildlife and outdoor lifestyle boxes. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, climb a mountain in Tasmania, hike in the rugged Blue Mountains, and hit the surf at Bondi Beach.

View of Sydney Harbour from the rocks known as Mrs Macquarie's Chair
Map of Highlights of Australia: Sydney, Uluru & the Great Barrier Reef - 12 Days
Highlights of Australia: Sydney, Uluru & the Great Barrier Reef - 12 Days

Experience the world-class cities, awe-inspiring natural wonders, and rich First Nations culture of Australia on this 12-day highlights tour. The adventure kicks off in Sydney with visits to iconic locales like the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and Bondi Beach. Fly to Uluru for tours of the sacred Red Centre desert landscapes before ending the trip in tropical Cairns, where you'll explore the corals of the Great Barrier Reef and venture deep into the rainforests of Daintree National Park.

A beach paradise at Palm Cove near Cairns
Map of Discover Australia's Highlights:  Palm Cove, Melbourne &  Sydney - 11 Days
Discover Australia's Highlights: Palm Cove, Melbourne & Sydney - 11 Days

This 11-day highlights tour combines the best of Australia's beaches, cities, and national parks. Experience laid-back luxury at Palm Cove, meander through Melbourne's quirky back streets, and sample fine dining in Sydney before concluding with a hike in the Blue Mountains. Along the way, you'll trek the world's oldest rainforest, spear fish with a Kubirri Warra brother, cruise the Outer Barrier Reef and meet kangaroos, koalas, and penguins in their natural habitat.

Federation Square in Melbourne
Map of Urban Australia - 8 Days
Urban Australia - 8 Days

Visit three cities of Australia with this eight-day itinerary. You'll start off in Sydney, where you can enjoy both the bustling downtown and coastal cliff walk, then head to Melbourne to explore its artsy alleyways, museums, and cafes alongside the wildlife of the Yarra Valley. Finish off in Hobart, Tasmania, to learn about its history and art scene.

Gold Coast
Map of The Best of Eastern Australia: Sydney, Cairns, Gold Coast & Melbourne - 15 Days
The Best of Eastern Australia: Sydney, Cairns, Gold Coast & Melbourne - 15 Days

This packed 15-day itinerary includes the best of Australia's stunning coastline. It takes you from hallmark cities like Melbourne and Sydney to the epic surf of the Gold Coast and up to Queensland for an adventure on the Great Barrier Reef. You'll make time for hikes in the rainforest, watching penguins on parade, day trips to rugged mountains, and an unforgettable road trip down the scenic Great Ocean Road.

Whitehaven Beach
Map of Sydney, Uluru, Whitsundays & Cairns - 15 Days
Sydney, Uluru, Whitsundays & Cairns - 15 Days

This 15-day itinerary celebrates Australia's most famous city, its mystical outback deserts, and the unspoiled beauty of its tropical northeast. It begins in Sydney, where you'll tour the highlights by foot and bicycle, plus take a trip to the rugged Blue Mountains. After immersing yourself in the First Nations culture of the northern red deserts, finish the journey in tropical Queensland, where you'll enjoy island living, sail to the Great Barrier Reef, and trek in ancient rainforests.

Melbourne
Map of Melbourne, Uluru, Cairns & Sydney - 15 Days
Melbourne, Uluru, Cairns & Sydney - 15 Days

To really experience the best of Australia requires at least a couple of weeks, which is fine because, on this Aussie adventure, you'll get those 14 days—plus one for good measure. During that time, you'll sample the cuisine and see the sights in Melbourne and Sydney, plus take day trips to hike rugged mountains and visit penguin colonies. Then jet off to the northern outback for tours in and around iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock), followed by a trip to the Great Barrier Reef and some time exploring ancient rainforests.

The Pinnacles of Phillip Island
Map of Explore Australia: City, Reef, Rainforest & Outback - 15 Days
Explore Australia: City, Reef, Rainforest & Outback - 15 Days

Travel from city to sea, rainforest, and outback on this well-rounded tour of Australia, starting in Sydney and visiting its most iconic sites. Head to Port Douglas, where you'll discover marine life near the Great Barrier Reef. Explore Kuranda and its rainforest to mingle with butterflies at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Watch the sunset behind Uluru, then dine under the desert stars. Finish up your journey in eclectic Melbourne and take a hot air balloon ride over wine country.

Watch the sun rise over Uluru
Map of Ultimate Australia: Sydney to Cairns & Uluru - 19 Days
Ultimate Australia: Sydney to Cairns & Uluru - 19 Days

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.

Discover wildlife in Daintree's Mossman Gorge
Map of Highlights of Australia: Cities, Beaches & Wildlife - 12 Days
Highlights of Australia: Cities, Beaches & Wildlife - 12 Days

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.

See the iconic marsupial on Australia's Kangaroo Island
Map of Sydney, Great Barrier Reef, Adelaide & Kangaroo Island - 12 Days
Sydney, Great Barrier Reef, Adelaide & Kangaroo Island - 12 Days

Experience some of Australia's best wildlife tours and incredible natural wonders on this 12-day outdoor adventure. It begins with city fun on a bicycle tour of Sydney's highlights, but you'll also take a day trip to the rugged mountains and vast gorges of the Blue Mountains. Then fly to tropical Queensland to snorkel the outer limits of the Great Barrier Reef and embark on rainforest hikes before heading south to spend time with kangaroos and enjoy the world-famous gastronomy of Adelaide.

Beautiful Milford Sound in New Zealand
Map of Australia & New Zealand Adventure: Sydney, Cairns, Melbourne & Queenstown - 16 Days
Australia & New Zealand Adventure: Sydney, Cairns, Melbourne & Queenstown - 16 Days

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.

Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast
Map of Ultimate Australia Self-Drive Tour - 20 Days
Ultimate Australia Self-Drive Tour - 20 Days

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 visit a sacred site, and go white-water rafting as you experience all Australia has to offer.

Koala relaxes in a conservation park
Map of Best of Australia: Melbourne, Uluru, Cairns & Sydney - 13 Days
Best of Australia: Melbourne, Uluru, Cairns & Sydney - 13 Days

This 13-day adventure kicks off in Melbourne, which has officially been christened as the cultural capital of Australia. Discover the city's bohemian laneways and take road trips down the scenic Great Ocean Road before heading north to the outback for a sunrise tour of Uluru (Ayers Rock), a sacred site to the First Nations people. Continue to tropical Queensland to venture to the outskirts of the Great Barrier Reef, then finish the tour in stylish Sydney with guided excursions of its iconic city sights.

See sleeping sea lions through Admirals Arch lookout on Kangaroo Island
Map of Sydney, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Uluru & Cairns - 13 Days
Sydney, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Uluru & Cairns - 13 Days

From discovering history and culture in the city to snorkeling among elusive marine life, you'll find it all in Australia. Start in Sydney and see the most famous sites in the country. Head to Adelaide, where you'll taste and learn about Australia's finest wines. Jet off to Kangaroo Island to mingle with the kangaroos, then venture into the outback to watch the sun set over Uluru. Finally, snorkel to your heart's content along the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree National Park.

Cape de Couedic lighthouse on Kangaroo Island near Adelaide
Map of City Highlights, Nature & Wildlife: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island & Tasmania - 13 Days
City Highlights, Nature & Wildlife: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island & Tasmania - 13 Days

Discover Australia's city life and wildlife on this 13-day itinerary. Start in Sydney to explore its famous harbor by boat before heading to the Blue Mountains to hike rugged valleys. Fly to Adelaide to sample the bustling culinary hot spot and surrounding Kangaroo Island, then to Melbourne to stroll the cultural capital's hidden enclaves and alleyways and to see the Penguin Parade of nearby Phillip Island. Finish with a deep dive into Tasmania's fascinating history and diverse flora and fauna.

Best of Australia’s East Coast: Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast, & Cairns - 14 Days
Map of Best of Australia’s East Coast: Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast, & Cairns - 14 Days
Best of Australia’s East Coast: Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast, & Cairns - 14 Days

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.

Katoomba, Blue Mountains
Map of Self Drive Tour: Melbourne, Healesville, Blue Mountains, Sydney & More - 14 Days
Self Drive Tour: Melbourne, Healesville, Blue Mountains, Sydney & More - 14 Days

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.

Enjoy the beautiful beaches the East Coast has to offer
Map of East Coast of Australia - 13 Days
East Coast of Australia - 13 Days

Begin your journey in artsy Melbourne, exploring the hidden alleyways, vintage shopping, and quirky coffee shops. Spend a few days in bustling Sydney, then make your way up north to the Gold Coast, one of Australia's iconic surfing destinations. Your trip ends in Cairns with a visit to the famous Great Barrier Reef.

Visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Map of East Coast Aussie Adventure: Brisbane, Airlie Beach, Cairns, Adelaide, & Sydney - 14 Days
East Coast Aussie Adventure: Brisbane, Airlie Beach, Cairns, Adelaide, & Sydney - 14 Days

Enjoy the best of the East Coast of Australia on this two-week trip. Begin with a tour of Brisbane before heading to the Whitsunday Islands. Indulge in a free day in Cairns, then cruise 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.

Sydney Harbour Bridge
Map of Best of Eastern Australia: Sydney, Cairns, Gold Coast, & Melbourne - 10 Days
Best of Eastern Australia: Sydney, Cairns, Gold Coast, & Melbourne - 10 Days

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 Cairns 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.

Experience Kangaroo Island
Map of The Authentic Aussie Adventure: Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, & Cairns - 10 Days
The Authentic Aussie Adventure: Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, & Cairns - 10 Days

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.

Watch the sun set and rise over Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Map of Australia Highlights: Melbourne, Uluru, Cairns, & Sydney - 10 Days
Australia Highlights: Melbourne, Uluru, Cairns, & Sydney - 10 Days

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.

Aerial view of Australia's Gold Coast
Map of Australia East Coast Family Road Trip: Brisbane to Sydney - 10 Days
Australia East Coast Family Road Trip: Brisbane to Sydney - 10 Days

Independent travelers will love this 10-day family road trip across Australia's spectacular east coast. Traverse the stunning Gold Coast hinterland as you wind through charming towns, rainforest detours, and sweeping bays before experiencing the iconic sights of Sydney. You and the family will get to cuddle koalas, surf 100-foot dunes, and marvel at the majestic humpbacks during a whale watching cruise.

Coastal Walk in Australia
Map of Ultimate Australia - 16 Days
Ultimate Australia - 16 Days

This well-rounded 16-day tour of Australia's highlights is sure to delight any first time visitor. You'll explore the hidden laneways of artsy Melbourne and the famous landmarks of Sydney, learn about indigenous culture at Uluru in the country's Red Center, and discover tropical Queensland with an excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. Along the way, you'll meet kangaroos at Kangaroo Island, search for crocodiles at Kakadu National Park, and have free time to enjoy a few day trips of your choosing.

Kangaroo crosses a dirt road in Western Australia
Map of The Best of Australia & New Zealand - 22 Days
The Best of Australia & New Zealand - 22 Days

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.

Kangaroo Island
Map of Ultimate Australia: Cities, Reefs, Rainforests & Outback - 21 Days
Ultimate Australia: Cities, Reefs, Rainforests & Outback - 21 Days

This packed three-week adventure delivers the best of Australia. Discover the nation's culture capital of Melbourne on food tours and wildlife excursions before heading down the famed Great Ocean Road to the romantic fishing villages and rugged outback of South Australia. Then, fly north and explore the Great Barrier Reef before finishing the trip in Sydney with tours of its famous sights and hiking trips to nearby mountains.

View of Australia's iconic Sydney Opera House
Map of Highlights of Australia: Cities, Beaches & Wildlife - 11 Days
Highlights of Australia: Cities, Beaches & Wildlife - 11 Days

Combine the best of Australia's big cities with wildlife excursions and nature tours to create an 11-day adventure you won't soon forget. See the highlights of Melbourne, Sydney, and Adelaide by foot and bike, take road trips down the scenic southern coast and hop over to a protected island home to kangaroos, koalas, and wallabies. Then jet off to tropical Cairns to explore the coral islands at the Great Barrier Reef and the ancient rainforests at Daintree.

Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge at twiglight
Map of Australia Grand Tour: Sydney, Melbourne, Uluru & Great Barrier Reef - 15 Days
Australia Grand Tour: Sydney, Melbourne, Uluru & Great Barrier Reef - 15 Days

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.

The setting sun turns the cliffs at Wangi Falls in Litchfield National Park a brilliant red
Map of Australia & New Zealand Natural Wonders Road Trip - 21 Days
Australia & New Zealand Natural Wonders Road Trip - 21 Days

Natural beauty is at the forefront of this three-week road trip through Australia and New Zealand. Explore Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef in tropical Cairns, and take in the breathtaking beauty of Uluru in the Red Centre. Once you hop over to New Zealand, you'll see frozen glaciers, steaming thermal vents, and everything in between as you crisscross some of the most scenic highways in the world.

Whitsundays
Map of Australia East Coast Adventure - 21 Days
Australia East Coast Adventure - 21 Days

Three weeks on the east coast of Australia is enough to cover all the highlights and much more. On this itinerary, you'll experience First Nations culture, embark on coastal road trips, take a balloon ride over wine country, hike the famous Blue Mountains, and tour the highlights of Sydney—and that's only the beginning. The adventure continues with surfing in Byron Bay, relaxing on the Gold Coast, exploring the outback, and sailing around the Great Barrier Reef.

An aerial view of Cape Tribulation in North Queensland, Australia
Map of Australia Grand Tour: Sydney to Tasmania - 21 Days
Australia Grand Tour: Sydney to Tasmania - 21 Days

Discover Australia's top highlights on this massive 21-day tour that takes you on a loop around the continent. Get your fill of city life in Sydney before heading toward the ocean to explore the Great Barrier Reef. Discover rainforests, national parks, and their wildlife near Byron Bay. Learn about Aboriginal culture at Uluru and Cave Hill, then mingle with kangaroos and koalas on Kangaroo Island. Go winetasting near Melbourne before getting to know Tasmania's remote beauty and relaxed vibe.

Australian Coast
Map of Southeast Australia Self-Drive - 22 Days
Southeast Australia Self-Drive - 22 Days

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 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.

Uluru (Ayer's Rock)
Map of Ultimate Australia & New Zealand: Melbourne, Uluru, Queenstown, Mount Cook, & More -23 Days
Ultimate Australia & New Zealand: Melbourne, Uluru, Queenstown, Mount Cook, & More -23 Days

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.

Other popular travel destinations in Australia
Melbourne · Uluru · Gold Coast · Tasmania