12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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Brisbane
— 2 nights
2
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
3
Grafton
— 1 night
4
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
5
Shoal Bay
— 1 night
6
Newcastle
— 2 nights

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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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, and explore and take pictures at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane attractions planner.

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 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games
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
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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, take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park, and get in on the family fun at Dreamworld.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough 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. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral, view the masterpieces at Coldstream Gallery, view the masterpieces at Grafton Regional Gallery, then take an in-depth tour of Schaeffer House Museum, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at See Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Grafton trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Grafton in 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Grafton

Museums · Shopping · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Coldstream Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Coldstream Gallery ©
Coldstream Gallery
Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral
Grafton Regional Gallery ©
Grafton Regional Gallery

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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at North Brother Mountain, and then kick back and relax at Rainbow beach reserve. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, then stroll through Coastal walk, and finally make a trip to Breakwall Waking Path.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Port Macquarie online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Grafton to Port Macquarie takes 3 hours. While traveling from Grafton, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Shoal Bay.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

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

1
night
Shoal Bay

Shoal Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, make a trip to Gan Gan Lookout, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bagnalls Beach Reserve, and finally identify plant and animal life at Tomaree Head.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Shoal Bay trip app.

Drive from Port Macquarie to Shoal Bay in 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Port Macquarie in December: highs in Shoal Bay hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Newcastle.

Things to do in Shoal Bay

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Nelson Bay, Bagnalls Beach Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Gan Gan Lookout ©
Gan Gan Lookout

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Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): do a tasting at Ernest Hill Wines, take in nature's colorful creations at Hunter Valley Gardens, then do sightseeing your way with Private Tours, and finally go for a walk through Newcastle Memorial Walk. Keep things going the next day: take in the waterfront activity at Watt Street Wharf, stroll around Speers Point Park, then learn about winemaking at Harkham Wines, and finally learn about winemaking at Ivanhoe Wines.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Newcastle travel route builder site.

Drive from Shoal Bay to Newcastle in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Pokolbin, Speers Point Park, Ernest Hill Wines, 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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