17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Canberra
Drive:  4​h 45​min
1
Newcastle
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Coffs Harbour
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Noosa
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Forster
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Wollongong
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Canberra

2
nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
You've now added Newcastle Ocean Baths to your itinerary. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Newcastle Ocean Baths.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Newcastle trip planner .

Canberra to Newcastle is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Canberra in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Newcastle, with lows of 19°C. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Newcastle

Outdoors
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Newcastle Ocean Baths ©
Newcastle Ocean Baths

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.
For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Coffs Harbour driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Newcastle to Coffs Harbour in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Newcastle in December: highs in Coffs Harbour hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 21°C. On the 30th (Mon), you'll travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Outdoors Nature
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5
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Merrick's Noosa Learn to Surf, Hastings Street, Noosa Main Beach, and other attractions.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Noosa vacation maker app .

Traveling by car from Coffs Harbour to Noosa takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Merrick's Noosa Learn to Surf ©
Merrick's Noosa Learn to Surf

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.
You've added Stone & Wood Brewery and Tasting Room, Wategos Beach, The Farm Byron Bay, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wategos Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Byron Bay day trip website .

You can drive from Noosa to Byron Bay in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Forster.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
The Farm Byron Bay ©
The Farm Byron Bay
Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach

2
nights
Forster

Forster ©
Forster is a coastal town in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, in the Mid-Coast Council LGA, about 308km north-north-east of Sydney. On the 7th (Tue), take some stellar pictures from Bennetts Head Lookout.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Forster driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Forster in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In January, daily temperatures in Forster can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Wollongong.

Things to do in Forster

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tuncurry Rock Pool, Seal Rocks Lighthouse
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Tuncurry Rock Pool ©
Tuncurry Rock Pool
Cape Hawke Lookout ©
Cape Hawke Lookout
Bennetts Head Lookout ©
Bennetts Head Lookout

2
nights
Wollongong

Wollongong ©
Wollongong, informally referred to as "The Gong", is a seaside city located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get great views at Sublime Point Lookout.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Wollongong trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Forster to Wollongong by car takes about 5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Wollongong can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. You'll set off for home on the 11th (Sat).
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Sublime Point Lookout ©
Sublime Point Lookout

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