15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  26​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Catherine Hill Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Newcastle
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  5​h
4
Byron Bay
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
5
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Caloundra
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
8
Bundaberg
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Gladstone
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
10
Townsville
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
11
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  28​h
End: Dublin


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Sydney

Sydney ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, and then wander the streets of Darling Harbour. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Shelly Beach, kick back and relax at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, then catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and finally take a stroll through The Rocks.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sydney online trip maker .

Dublin, Ireland to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Sydney is 10 hours. Traveling from Dublin in October, things will get a bit warmer in Sydney: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Catherine Hill Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Shelly Beach
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

1
night
Catherine Hill Bay

Catherine Hill Bay ©
Catherine Hill Bay is a coastal bay and village on the southern peninsula forming Lake Macquarie, south of the Pacific Ocean entrance channel at Swansea in New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): admire the striking features of Dobell House and then kick back and relax at Catherine Hill Bay Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Catherine Hill Bay road trip tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sydney to Catherine Hill Bay. In November, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Newcastle.

Things to do in Catherine Hill Bay

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Dobell House
Highlights from your plan
Dobell House ©
Dobell House

1
night
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
On the 4th (Mon), explore the activities along Glenrock Lagoon, kick back and relax at Dixon Park Beach, and then kick back and relax at Nobbys Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Newcastle travel app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Catherine Hill Bay to Newcastle. In November, daytime highs in Newcastle are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Dixon Park Beach ©
Dixon Park Beach
Glenrock Lagoon ©
Glenrock Lagoon

1
night
Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Broken Head Beach, then get great views at Broken Head Nature Reserve, then get great views at Pat Morton Lookout, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Byron Bay trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Newcastle to Byron Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Broken Head, Pat Morton Lookout
Highlights from your plan
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Pat Morton Lookout ©
Pat Morton Lookout
Broken Head Nature Reserve ©
Broken Head Nature Reserve

1
night
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.
On the 6th (Wed), kick back and relax at Currumbin Beach, identify plant and animal life at Burleigh Head National Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast tour planning website .

You can take a bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach
Currumbin Beach ©
Currumbin Beach

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at D'Aguilar National Park.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane online holiday planner .

Drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Brisbane are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Caloundra.

Things to do in Brisbane

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
D'Aguilar National Park ©
D'Aguilar National Park

1
night
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): kick back and relax at Kings Beach, then get your game on at SunJet Simulations, then get outside with FlyWaco, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Caloundra trip app .

Getting from Brisbane to Caloundra by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. November in Caloundra sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Caloundra

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Spas
SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations

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Bundaberg

Bundaberg ©
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. On the 9th (Sat), stroll through Woodgate Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Mon Repos Turtle Encounter.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bundaberg trip planner .

You can drive from Caloundra to Bundaberg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in November, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Gladstone.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Woodgate Beach ©
Woodgate Beach

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Gladstone

Gladstone ©
Gladstone is a city in the Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia. On the 10th (Sun), get great views at Round Hill Lookout, then do a tasting at Gecko Valley Winery, then let little ones run wild at East Shores Water Park, and finally get engrossed in the history at Gladstone Maritime Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Gladstone day trip tool .

Explore your travel options from Bundaberg to Gladstone with the Route module. November in Gladstone sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Gladstone

Wineries Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Gecko Valley Winery ©
Gecko Valley Winery
Gladstone Maritime Museum ©
Gladstone Maritime Museum
Round Hill Lookout ©
Round Hill Lookout

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Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Alligator Falls Track, then stroll through The Strand, and then learn about all things military at Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Townsville online trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gladstone to Townsville. In November, daytime highs in Townsville are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Alligator Falls Track, Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Strand ©
The Strand

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night
Cairns

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then go for a walk through Red Arrow Walk, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Townsville to Cairns by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Red Arrow Walk
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Red Arrow Walk ©
Red Arrow Walk
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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