12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Brisbane
— 3 nights
2
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
3
Grafton
— 1 night
4
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
5
Newcastle
— 2 nights

3
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Australia Zoo (in Beerwah) and SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, have some family-friendly fun at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer, and stroll around South Bank Parklands.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Brisbane day trip tool.

Sydney to Brisbane is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Australia Zoo, SunJet Simulations
Highlights from your plan
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

3
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
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.
Gold Coast is known for theme parks, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park, find something for the whole family at Dreamworld, and take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast travel planner.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Grafton.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks · Parks · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

1
night
Grafton

Grafton ©
The city of Grafton is the seat of Local Government, the Federal and State Government administrative centre, and the commercial hub of the Clarence River Valley. On the 30th (Mon), stroll around Yuraygir National Park and then take an in-depth tour of Schaeffer House Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Grafton tour itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Grafton takes 3.5 hours. In December in Grafton, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Grafton

Parks · Nature · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Yuraygir National Park ©
Yuraygir National Park

2
nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
On the 31st (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, then enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at North Brother Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Rainbow beach reserve, then enjoy some diversion at Port Macquarie Driving Range and Mini Golf, and then hike along Coastal walk.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Port Macquarie trip app.

Getting from Grafton to Port Macquarie by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Grafton in December, expect nights in Port Macquarie to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Rainbow beach reserve, North Brother Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse

2
nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): learn about winemaking at Ernest Hill Wines, then take in nature's colorful creations at Hunter Valley Gardens, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Newcastle Memorial Walk. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Speers Point Park, then learn about winemaking at Harkham Wines, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tomaree Head.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Newcastle visit site.

Getting from Port Macquarie to Newcastle by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. While traveling from Port Macquarie, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Newcastle, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Pokolbin, Ernest Hill Wines, Tomaree Head, Speers Point Park, Off-Road Tours
Highlights from your plan
Ernest Hill Wines ©
Ernest Hill Wines
Hunter Valley Gardens ©
Hunter Valley Gardens
Newcastle Memorial Walk ©
Newcastle Memorial Walk

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