14 days in New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory & Queensland Itinerary

14 days in New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory & Queensland Itinerary

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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 day by day itinerary now includes Sydney Skydivers as well as Dave's Pub Walks. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sydney Opera House and Australian National Maritime Museum. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip maker website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Sydney. September in Sydney sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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The Bush Capital

A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia and then do a tasting at Gundog Cork Street Cellar.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Canberra tour itinerary site.

You can fly from Sydney to Canberra in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in September, with highs in Canberra at 20°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to fly to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums · Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:

Gold Coast

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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.
Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Coolangatta Beach and then get outside with Qld Luxury Car Rentals.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Canberra to Gold Coast by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Gold Coast: highs are around 27°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:


— 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Four Mile Beach. Spend the 23rd (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach and admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner.

You can fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Gold Coast in September; daily highs in Cairns reach 33°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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New South Wales travel guide

Beaches · Theaters · Gardens
New South Wales boasts stunning snow-capped mountains, sandy beaches, and prosperous cities, including its capital, Sydney. Interior forests and highlands contrast with the coastal plains and oceanside landscape. Foodies on holiday in New South Wales can revel in the country's economic heartland, where vineyards flourish and farmer's markets bring an abundance of local produce to the table. Base yourself in Sydney, a glamorous spot from which to explore, and then head to the beaches to swim and surf.

Australian Capital Territory travel guide

History Museums · Government Buildings · Art Museums
Australian Capital Territory houses the seat of Australia’s government. Entirely surrounded by the state of New South Wales, it consists mainly of tracts of agricultural land and the mountainous Namadgi National Park, in addition to the country’s modern capital, Canberra. The region has a population of approximately 360,000 people, the vast majority of whom live within metropolitan Canberra.

Queensland travel guide

Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Nature & Parks
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.