23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia itinerary planner

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Melbourne
— 3 nights
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Canberra
— 2 nights
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Sydney
— 4 nights
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Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
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Byron Bay
— 2 nights
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Gold Coast
— 4 nights
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Brisbane
— 3 nights
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Melbourne

— 3 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Healesville Sanctuary and St Kilda Pier. Visiting Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park and Kalang Park will get you outdoors. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Frankston Beach (in Frankston), Fossil Beach (in Mornington) and Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery (in Yarra Glen). There's more to do: admire the masterpieces at ArtVo.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne road trip website.

Adelaide to Melbourne is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Adelaide to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 14°C. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Canberra

— 2 nights

The Bush Capital

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.
On the 17th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Australian National Botanic Gardens and then revel in the low prices at Canberra Outlet Centre. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Old Parliament House.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Canberra trip planning app.

You can fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Nature · Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

Sydney

— 4 nights

The Harbour City

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Manly Scenic Walkway and Shelly Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, look for gifts at Opal Minded, and enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarama Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner.

Fly from Canberra to Sydney in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Canberra in December since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 21°C. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Coffs Harbour

— 1 night
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 24th (Fri): kick back and relax at Coffs Harbour Beach, then take a memorable tour with Dolphin Marine Conservation Park, and then step off the mainland to explore Coffs Harbour Muttonbird Island.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Coffs Harbour trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Coffs Harbour takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Coffs Harbour can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Byron Bay

— 2 nights
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 (Sat): trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, then have unforgettable encounters with Sundive Byron Bay, then make a trip to The Byron Bay Book Exchange, and finally take a peaceful walk through Victoria Park Nature Reserve. On your second day here, stroll through Lennox Head Beach, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Belongil Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Byron Bay online trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Coffs Harbour in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Byron Bay: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Gold Coast

— 4 nights
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Burleigh Heads Beach and Greenmount Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Coolangatta Beach and Queensland Scuba Diving Company. Spend the 29th (Wed) exploring nature at Springbrook National Park. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, browse the different shops at Robina Town Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirra Beach.

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Getting from Byron Bay to Gold Coast by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Brisbane

— 3 nights

Australia's New World City

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Mooloolaba Beach and Kings Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Bulcock Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Go for a jaunt from Brisbane to Mooloolaba to see Point Cartwright about 1h 30 min away. It doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at New Farm River Walk.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.