57 days in Australia Itinerary

57 days in Australia Itinerary

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57 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Halifax
Fly:  28​h
1
Sydney
— 14 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Pokolbin
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Nelson Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Coffs Harbour
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Brisbane
— 28 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Halifax

14
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wentworth Falls and Shelly Beach. Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Avoca Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Wollongong (North Wollongong Beach & Nan Tien Temple), Leura (Everglades Historic House and Gardens & Leura Cascades) and Blackheath (Govetts Leap & Day FIne Art). Dedicate the 19th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 20th (Sun), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Manly Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

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Halifax, Canada to Sydney is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Halifax to Sydney, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Halifax in October, expect Sydney to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Pokolbin.

Things to do in Sydney

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Katoomba, Terrigal, Wollongong, Blackheath, Leura
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Terrigal Beach ©
Terrigal Beach

2
nights
Pokolbin

Pokolbin ©
With its first vineyards established in the mid 19th century, wine tourism in Pokolbin remains a major draw.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Caves Beach and then kick back and relax at Catherine Hill Bay Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Mount Pleasant Wines, kick back and relax at Dudley Beach, and then kick back and relax at Redhead Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Pokolbin online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Pokolbin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sydney in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Pokolbin, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Nelson Bay.

Things to do in Pokolbin

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Catherine Hill Bay Beach, Caves Beach, Redhead Beach, Dudley Beach
Highlights from your plan
Caves Beach ©
Caves Beach
Redhead Beach ©
Redhead Beach
Dudley Beach ©
Dudley Beach

2
nights
Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay ©
Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. On the 24th (Thu), make a trip to Gan Gan Lookout, then enjoy the sand and surf at One Mile Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Barry Park, and finally kick back and relax at Fingal Bay Beach. On your second day here, enjoy the sea views from Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve, examine the collection at Port Stephens Shell Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tomaree Head, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Zenith Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Nelson Bay online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Pokolbin to Nelson Bay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Nelson Bay are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Shoal Bay, Fingal Bay, Port Stephens Shell Museum, One Mile Beach
Highlights from your plan
Fingal Bay Beach ©
Fingal Bay Beach
Zenith Beach ©
Zenith Beach
Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head

2
nights
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 26th (Sat), make a trip to Breakwall Waking Path, then trek along Coastal walk, then examine the collection at Port Macquarie Museum, and finally putt your heart out at Port Macquarie Driving Range and Mini Golf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): stroll around Mrs York's Garden, stroll through Pilot Beach, then stroll through North Haven Beach, and finally enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Port Macquarie trip site .

Traveling by car from Nelson Bay to Port Macquarie takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Nelson Bay, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Port Macquarie, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

North Haven Beach, Pilot Beach
Highlights from your plan
Pilot Beach ©
Pilot Beach
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Diggers Beach, kick back and relax at Solitary Islands Coastal Walk, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Park Beach. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, take an in-depth tour of Coffs Harbour Regional Museum, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and finally take a peaceful walk through Korora Lookout.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Coffs Harbour online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Port Macquarie in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Coffs Harbour: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Diggers Beach ©
Diggers Beach
Park Beach ©
Park Beach
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lennox Head Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Broken Head Beach and Lighthouse Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum in Ballina (about 34 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, kick back and relax at Wategos Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and trek along Cape Byron Walking Track.

To find out how to plan a trip to Byron Bay, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Byron Bay sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ballina, Broken Head, Lennox Head Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

28
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kings Beach and Bulcock Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Maroochydore Beach and Moffat Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Bee Gees Way (in Redcliffe), Podie Pie (in Nambour) and Caloundra (Queensland Air Museum & Spas). Spend the 8th (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. Spend the 15th (Fri) with some fine spirits on a distillery tour. Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at South Bank Parklands, take in the dramatic scenery at Kondalilla Falls, hike along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, and get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Brisbane tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Byron Bay to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In November in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Maleny, Buderim
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

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