23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Auckland
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  8​h
1
Noosa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Newcastle
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Albury
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
11
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Auckland


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3
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Go for a jaunt from Noosa to Yandina to see The Ginger Factory about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park, hunt for treasures at The Original Eumundi Markets, contemplate the waterfront views at Noosa River, and don't miss a visit to Hastings Street.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Noosa trip planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to Noosa is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Auckland to Noosa, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Glass House Mountains.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Eumundi, The Ginger Factory
Highlights from your plan
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa River ©
Noosa River

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane and then walk around South Bank Parklands. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Noosa to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

4
nights
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.
Gold Coast is known for theme parks, shopping, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park, get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction, stroll through Surfers Paradise Beach, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Gold Coast by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. July in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

2
nights
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 19th (Sun): trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, and then relax in the rural setting at The Farm Byron Bay.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Byron Bay road trip website .

You can take a bus from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in an hour. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Byron Bay, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Trails Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
The Farm Byron Bay ©
The Farm Byron Bay

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 20th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at The Big Banana Fun Park and then get great views at Forest Sky Pier.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Coffs Harbour trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. July in Coffs Harbour sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Port Macquarie.
Highlights from your plan
Forest Sky Pier ©
Forest Sky Pier
The Big Banana Fun Park ©
The Big Banana Fun Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Mrs York's Garden, don't miss a visit to Breakwall Waking Path, then trek along Coastal walk, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Port Macquarie visit site .

Traveling by car from Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Coffs Harbour in July, expect nights in Port Macquarie to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Newcastle.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse
Mrs York's Garden ©
Mrs York's Garden

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 22nd (Wed), let little ones run wild at Blackbutt Reserve, then deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort Scratchley, and then take in the pleasant sights at Newcastle Memorial Walk.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Newcastle trip planner.

You can drive from Port Macquarie to Newcastle in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Port Macquarie in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Newcastle, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Newcastle

Wildlife Fun & Games Parks
Highlights from your plan
Newcastle Memorial Walk ©
Newcastle Memorial Walk
Fort Scratchley ©
Fort Scratchley

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, then look for gifts at DUX Collection Sydney, and finally take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and then see a show at Sydney Opera House.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Sydney vacation planning app .

Getting from Newcastle to Sydney by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in July, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): engage your brain at Questacon, take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and then have some family-friendly fun at Breakr.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Canberra route planner.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in July, expect Canberra to be little chillier, temps between 13°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Albury.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Questacon ©
Questacon

1
night
Albury

Albury ©
Albury, a major regional city in New South Wales, Australia, is located on the Hume Highway and the northern side of the Murray River. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Albury Botanic Garden, explore the activities along Lake Hume, and then appreciate the history behind Monument Hill.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Albury trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Canberra to Albury in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Canberra in July since evenings lows in Albury dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Albury

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Albury Botanic Garden ©
Albury Botanic Garden
Monument Hill ©
Monument Hill

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of Melbourne to go to Torquay and see The Great Ocean Road, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, and get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Albury to Melbourne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in July, and nighttime lows around 6°C. On the 31st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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