19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  25 h
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Morisset
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
4
Newcastle
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
5
Nelson Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
6
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
7
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
8
Woolgoolga
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Yamba
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
10
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h
11
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
12
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
13
Whitsunday Island
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  35 h
End: Zurich

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 16th (Sun), get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Melbourne is an approximately 25- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Zurich to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in January, expect Melbourne to be much hotter, temps between 32°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

2
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.
On the 17th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney vacation builder website.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in January, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Morisset.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

1
night
Morisset

Morisset ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): kick back and relax at Caves Beach and then explore the activities along Lake Macquarie.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Morisset trip planner.

You can drive from Sydney to Morisset in 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Morisset are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Morisset

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Caves Beach, Lake Macquarie
Highlights from your plan
Lake Macquarie ©
Lake Macquarie
Caves Beach ©
Caves Beach

1
night
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 20th (Thu): examine the collection at Fighter World, see Off-Road Tours, get great views at Shepherds Hill Fort, then go for a walk through Newcastle Memorial Walk, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Nobbys Head.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Newcastle trip tool.

Getting from Morisset to Newcastle by car takes about an hour. January in Newcastle sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Nelson Bay.

Things to do in Newcastle

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Williamtown
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Newcastle Memorial Walk ©
Newcastle Memorial Walk
Fighter World ©
Fighter World

1
night
Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Tomaree Head, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bagnalls Beach Reserve, then make a trip to Gan Gan Lookout, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nelson Bay trip website.

Traveling by car from Newcastle to Nelson Bay takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Nelson Bay are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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.
On the 22nd (Sat), hike along Coastal walk, identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, and then enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Port Macquarie trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Nelson Bay to Port Macquarie takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Nelson Bay in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, then take a leisurely stroll along Coffs Harbour Jetty, then take some stellar pictures from Forest Sky Pier, and finally make a trip to The Clog Barn.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Coffs Harbour trip planner.

Drive from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Port Macquarie in January, you will find days in Coffs Harbour are somewhat warmer (31°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Woolgoolga.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House
Forest Sky Pier ©
Forest Sky Pier
The Clog Barn ©
The Clog Barn

few
hours
Woolgoolga

Woolgoolga ©
Woolgoolga is a town on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): delve into the lush surroundings at Wedding Bells State Forest.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Woolgoolga planning app.

Woolgoolga is very close to Coffs Harbour. In January in Woolgoolga, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. On the 24th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yamba.

Things to do in Woolgoolga

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Wedding Bells State Forest ©
Wedding Bells State Forest

1
night
Yamba

Yamba ©
Yamba is a town in northern New South Wales, Australia at the mouth of the Clarence River. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): get outside with Angourie Blue Pool.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Yamba route maker app.

Drive from Woolgoolga to Yamba in 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Yamba can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Tue) before leaving for Byron Bay.

Things to do in Yamba

Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Angourie Blue Pool
Highlights from your plan
Angourie Blue Pool ©
Angourie Blue Pool
Beachside Bargains Yamba ©
Beachside Bargains Yamba

1
night
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 25th (Tue), add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Byron Bay trip planner.

You can drive from Yamba to Byron Bay in 2 hours. In January in Byron Bay, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Spas

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 26th (Wed): enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip app.

Traveling by bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Infinity Attraction ©
Infinity Attraction
SkyPoint Observation Deck ©
SkyPoint Observation Deck

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.
On the 27th (Thu), walk around Roma Street Parkland and then take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

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You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens

3
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Whitsunday Island is known for beaches and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach, explore the activities along Hill Inlet, and look for all kinds of wild species at Whitsunday Islands National Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Whitsunday Island trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Whitsunday Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Whitsunday Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. You will leave for home on the 31st (Mon).

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

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