17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  26​h
1
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Coffs Harbour
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Amsterdam

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel). Get outdoors at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Glass House Mountains National Park. The adventure continues: wander the streets of West End.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane tour builder tool .

Amsterdam, Holland to Brisbane is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in December, expect Brisbane to be much hotter, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Glass House Mountains National Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
West End ©
West End

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Springbrook National Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. 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 by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Springbrook National Park ©
Springbrook National Park
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Pat Morton Lookout.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, read our Byron Bay online attractions planner .

You can take a bus from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in an hour. Another option is to drive. In December, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Two Tails Wines, kick back and relax at Diggers Beach, take a peaceful walk through Korora Lookout, then enjoy the sand and surf at Park Beach, and finally stroll through Coffs Creek Walk and Cycleway. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Coffs Harbour Regional Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at Solitary Islands Coastal Walk.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Coffs Harbour sightseeing planning site .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Byron Bay in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Coffs Harbour: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Two Tails Wines
Highlights from your plan
Diggers Beach ©
Diggers Beach
Korora Lookout ©
Korora Lookout
Park Beach ©
Park Beach

1
night
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Port Macquarie road trip app .

You can drive from Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Coffs Harbour in December: highs in Port Macquarie hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Wildlife Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital

7
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Rocks and Hawkesbury Regional Museum. We've included these beaches for you: Bronte Beach and Terrigal Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin), Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Palm Beach (in Palm Beach). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Tamarama Beach, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, explore the striking landscape at The Gap Park, and stroll through Balmoral Beach, Mosman.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney visit planner .

You can fly from Port Macquarie to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Port Macquarie in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Wentworth Falls, Shelly Beach, Palm Beach, Bronte Beach
Highlights from your plan
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman

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