15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  7​h
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h
3
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Fly + Train + Ferry:  4​h 30​min
4
Manly
— 3 nights
Ferry:  30​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Auckland

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.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary has been added to your itinerary.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip itinerary planner.

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. Traveling from Auckland to Brisbane, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Auckland in September, you will find days in Brisbane are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). You will leave for Gold Coast on the 28th (Mon).

Things to do in Brisbane

Wildlife Parks Museums
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

3
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.
You've added SkyPoint Observation Deck, Coolangatta Beach, Seaway Kayaking Tours Gold Coast Australia, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach and buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast tour planner .

Drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 1:
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta 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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Soul Surf School. Relax by the water at Lennox Head Beach and Belongil Beach. Get in touch with nature at Cape Byron Walking Track and Broken Head Nature Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay day trip tool .

Traveling by bus from Gold Coast to Byron Bay takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Gold Coast in October since evenings lows in Byron Bay dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Manly.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Broken Head Nature Reserve, Lennox Head Beach
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Soul Surf School ©
Soul Surf School
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

3
nights
Manly

Manly ©
Located 11 km (7 mi) across the harbor from Sydney, a holiday in Manly combines quiet neighborhood charm and coastal attractions, all the while placing you within easy access to the big city.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shelly Beach, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Manly Quarantine Station.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Manly day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Byron Bay to Manly in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. October in Manly sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. You'll set off for Sydney on the 7th (Wed).

Things to do in Manly

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Manly Beach
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 7:
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Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman

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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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk. Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planning app .

Sydney is very close to Manly. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 10:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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