17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Shanghai
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Newcastle
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Landsborough
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Surfers Paradise
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h
End: Shanghai

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Rocks, and other attractions you added.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary planning website .

Shanghai, China to Sydney is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from China Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Shanghai in February, things will get warmer in Sydney: highs are around 80°F and lows about 68°F. On the 13th (Tue), you'll travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Coogee Beach ©
Coogee Beach

2
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
You've now added Scenic World Blue Mountains to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Leura Cascades and then wander the streets of Street Art Walk - by Street Art Murals Australia. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Waradah Aboriginal Centre, get great views at The Three Sisters, then catch a ride on Scenic World Blue Mountains, then take in the dramatic scenery at Katoomba Falls, and finally stop by Blue Mountains Chocolate Company.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Katoomba trip builder app .

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in February, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Katoomba

Shopping Nightlife Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Leura Cascades
Highlights from your plan
Waradah Australian Centre ©
Waradah Australian Centre
Katoomba Falls ©
Katoomba Falls
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters

2
nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
You've now added Sand Dune Adventures - Tours to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Nobbys Beach and then take in the pleasant sights at Newcastle Memorial Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: see Sand Dune Adventures - Tours and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Newcastle visit planner.

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Newcastle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Newcastle can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. On the 17th (Sat), you're off toCoffs Harbour.

Things to do in Newcastle

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Sand Dune Adventures - Tours, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Sand Dune Adventures - Tours ©
Sand Dune Adventures - Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach

1
night
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
On the 17th (Sat), take a peaceful walk through Korora Lookout and then kick back and relax at Coffs Harbour Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Coffs Harbour route planner .

Traveling by flight from Newcastle to Coffs Harbour takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In February, daily temperatures in Coffs Harbour can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. You'll set off for Byron Bay on the 18th (Sun).

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Coffs Harbour Beach ©
Coffs Harbour Beach
Korora Lookout ©
Korora Lookout

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.
On the 18th (Sun), visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay holiday tool .

You can drive from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Coffs Harbour in February, expect nights in Byron Bay to be about the same, around 65°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 84°F. On the 19th (Mon), you'll travel to Landsborough.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

1
night
Landsborough

Landsborough ©
Landsborough is a small town and locality in the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Australia Zoo. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Australia Zoo.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Landsborough online day trip planner .

Drive from Byron Bay to Landsborough in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in February, and nighttime lows around 70°F. On the 20th (Tue), you're off toBrisbane.

Things to do in Landsborough

Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Australia Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo

4
nights
Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise
The main appeal of Surfer’s Paradise can be identified from its name alone.
Change things up with a short trip to Sanctuary Markets in Currumbin (about 30 minutes away). Pack the 22nd (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Dreamworld. There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfer's Paradise Beach, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Surfers Paradise day trip planning app .

Getting from Landsborough to Surfers Paradise by car takes about 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Surfers Paradise are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Surfers Paradise

Theme Parks Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Gold Coast
Highlights from your plan
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise 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.
South Bank Parklands has been added to your itinerary. On the 24th (Sat), let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip website .

Traveling by car from Surfers Paradise to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. February in Brisbane sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 70°F at night. On the 25th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands

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