9 days in Australia & Newcastle upon Tyne Itinerary

9 days in Australia & Newcastle upon Tyne Itinerary

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Nelson Bay, Australia
— 1 day
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Port Macquarie, Australia
— 1 night
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Grafton, Australia
— 1 night
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Gold Coast, Australia
— 1 night
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Brisbane, Australia
— 2 nights
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
— 1 night

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Nelson Bay, Australia

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 23rd (Mon): see Off-Road Tours, then identify plant and animal life at Koala Reserve Mangrove Boardwalk, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tomaree Head.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nelson Bay trip itinerary planner.

Sydney to Nelson Bay is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Nelson Bay can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Koala Reserve Mangrove Boardwalk, Off-Road Tours, Tomaree Head
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Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Off-Road Tours
Koala Reserve Mangrove Boardwalk ©
Koala Reserve Mangrove Boardwalk

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Port Macquarie, Australia

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
On the 24th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Coastal walk, then identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, and then visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse.

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Drive from Nelson Bay to Port Macquarie in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Nelson Bay in December, expect nights in Port Macquarie to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Grafton.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse

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Grafton, Australia

Grafton ©
The city of Grafton is the seat of Local Government, the Federal and State Government administrative centre, and the commercial hub of the Clarence River Valley. On the 25th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yuraygir National Park and then take an in-depth tour of Schaeffer House Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Grafton trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Port Macquarie to Grafton in 3 hours. Traveling from Port Macquarie in December, you will find days in Grafton are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Grafton

Nature · Parks · Museums
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Yuraygir National Park ©
Yuraygir National Park

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Gold Coast, Australia

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.
On the 26th (Thu), observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park and then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach.

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Traveling by car from Grafton to Gold Coast takes 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

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Brisbane, Australia

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 (Fri), stroll around South Bank Parklands and then admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha and then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Brisbane road trip website.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Newcastle upon Tyne.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Newcastle upon Tyne ©
One of the hippest urban centers in the northeastern part of the country, Newcastle upon Tyne once had a reputation for being an industrial wasteland with little to offer casual tourists.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): stop by Fury Events and then take in the history at EXIT Newcastle.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Newcastle upon Tyne trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Newcastle upon Tyne takes 28 hours. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Brisbane to Newcastle upon Tyne due to the time zone difference. In December, Newcastle upon Tyne is much colder than Brisbane - with highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C. On the 30th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Newcastle upon Tyne

Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Fury Events
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EXIT Newcastle ©
EXIT Newcastle

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