9 days in Brisbane & Byron Bay Itinerary

9 days in Brisbane & Byron Bay Itinerary

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9 days in Brisbane & Byron Bay Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Auckland

5
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 discover tucked-away gems like Bulcock Beach and Point Cartwright. Visiting Maroochydore Beach and Buderim Forest Park will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Club Pine Rivers (in Bray Park) and HMAS Brisbane (in Mooloolaba). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Opal Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Shorncliffe Beach, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel).

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip builder website .

Auckland, New Zealand to Brisbane is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Auckland to Brisbane. Traveling from Auckland in October, expect nights in Brisbane to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Maroochydore Beach, Bulcock Beach, Buderim Forest Park, Club Pine Rivers
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West End ©
West End
Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach
Maroochydore Beach ©
Maroochydore Beach

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Thomgallery. We've included these beaches for you: Belongil Beach and Lennox Head Beach. There's much more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Wategos Beach, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find ratings and tourist information, read our Byron Bay road trip planner.

Getting from Brisbane to Byron Bay by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Brisbane in October since evenings lows in Byron Bay dip to 15°C. On the 21st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lennox Head Beach, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Highlights from your plan
Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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