13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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Brisbane
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Coffs Harbour
— 2 nights
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Swansea
— 1 night
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Newcastle
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Soldiers Point
— 1 night
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Forster
— 1 night
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Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
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South West Rocks
— 1 night
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Dorrigo
— 2 nights
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Yamba
— 1 night
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Ballina
— 1 night
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Brisbane

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Brisbane

Australia's New World City

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.
To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane journey planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Brisbane. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. On the 13th (Sun), you'll travel to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nightlife

Coffs Harbour

— 2 nights
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Coffs Harbour Muttonbird Island. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Forest Sky Pier, look for all kinds of wild species at Korora Lookout, then appreciate the history behind The Big Banana Fun Park, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Coffs Harbour Jetty. On the next day, don't miss a visit to The Clog Barn and then head off the coast to Coffs Harbour Muttonbird Island.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Coffs Harbour trip planner.

You can fly from Brisbane to Coffs Harbour in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Swansea.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Swansea

— 1 night
You've now added Speers Point Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Caves Beach and then stroll around Speers Point Park.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Swansea trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Coffs Harbour to Swansea takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. December in Swansea sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Newcastle.

Things to do in Swansea

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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Newcastle

While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
On the 16th (Wed), take in the pleasant sights at Newcastle Memorial Walk.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Newcastle road trip site.

You can drive from Swansea to Newcastle in an hour. In December, daytime highs in Newcastle are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Soldiers Point.
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Soldiers Point

— 1 night
Soldiers Point is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. Your day by day itinerary now includes Tomaree Head, Point Stephens Lighthouse and Fingal Bay Beach. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Tomaree Head, then kick back and relax at Fingal Bay Beach, and then visit a coastal fixture at Point Stephens Lighthouse.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Soldiers Point road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Newcastle to Soldiers Point in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Thu) before leaving for Forster.

Things to do in Soldiers Point

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Forster

— 1 night
Forster is a coastal town in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, in the Mid-Coast Council LGA, about 308km north-north-east of Sydney. You've now added One Mile Beach to your itinerary. On the 17th (Thu), get great views at Bennetts Head Lookout and then kick back and relax at One Mile Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Forster trip planning app.

You can drive from Soldiers Point to Forster in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Forster are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Forster

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Port Macquarie

— 2 nights
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Port Macquarie Astronomical Observatory as well as Port Macquarie Camel Safari's. On the 18th (Fri), take an exotic tour of Port Macquarie Camel Safari's, enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse, and then see the sky in a new way at Port Macquarie Astronomical Observatory. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Breakwall Waking Path.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie visit app.

Getting from Forster to Port Macquarie by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Forster in December: highs in Port Macquarie hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to South West Rocks.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums · Tours

South West Rocks

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Smoky Cape Lighthouse and then contemplate the long history of Trial Bay Gaol.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our South West Rocks route planner.

Traveling by car from Port Macquarie to South West Rocks takes 1.5 hours. While traveling from Port Macquarie, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in South West Rocks, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 21°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Mon) before leaving for Dorrigo.

Things to do in South West Rocks

Historic Sites

Dorrigo

— 2 nights
Dorrigo, a small town on the Waterfall Way, is located on the Northern Tablelands, in northern New South Wales, Australia. Dorrigo Rainforest Centre has been added to your itinerary. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Dangar Falls and then get answers to all your questions at Dorrigo Rainforest Centre.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Dorrigo road trip planning site.

Drive from South West Rocks to Dorrigo in 2 hours. In December in Dorrigo, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Yamba.

Things to do in Dorrigo

Nature · Parks

Yamba

— 1 night
Yamba is a town in northern New South Wales, Australia at the mouth of the Clarence River. Your day by day itinerary now includes Main Beach Yamba as well as Clarence River Lighthouse. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Clarence River Lighthouse and then kick back and relax at Main Beach Yamba.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Yamba vacation website.

Traveling by car from Dorrigo to Yamba takes 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Dorrigo in December: highs in Yamba hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 20°C. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ballina.

Things to do in Yamba

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Ballina

— 1 night
Ballina is a town in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia, and the seat of the Ballina Shire local government area. You've added Cape Byron Lighthouse, Richmond River Lighthouse, Ballina Head Lookout, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Big Prawn, then take some stellar pictures from Ballina Head Lookout, then visit a coastal fixture at Richmond River Lighthouse, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ballina trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yamba to Ballina takes 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Ballina

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Brisbane

Australia's New World City

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Drive from Ballina to Brisbane in 2.5 hours.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nightlife

Australia travel guide

4.7
Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.

Lake Macquarie travel guide

4.2
Parks · Beaches · Movie Theaters