17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
Drive
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Newcastle
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Coffs Harbour
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Noosa
— 5 nights
Drive
4
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Forster
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Wollongong
— 2 nights
Fly

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Newcastle

— 2 nights
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Newcastle Ocean Baths. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Newcastle Ocean Baths.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Newcastle road trip planner.

Canberra to Newcastle is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 19°C in Newcastle. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Newcastle

Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Coffs Harbour

— 2 nights
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Coffs Harbour trip planner.

Traveling by car from Newcastle to Coffs Harbour takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Newcastle in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Coffs Harbour: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 21°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Noosa.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

Noosa

— 5 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Merrick's Noosa Learn to Surf, Hastings Street, Noosa Main Beach, and other attractions you added.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Noosa vacation website.

You can fly from Coffs Harbour to Noosa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. 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 · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:

Byron Bay

— 3 nights
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 Byron Bay, Wategos Beach, The Farm Byron Bay, and other attractions to your itinerary. Here are some ideas for day two: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse and then kick back and relax at Wategos Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Noosa to Byron Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. January in Byron Bay sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. 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 · Parks · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:

Forster

— 2 nights
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), get great views at Bennetts Head Lookout.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Forster visit planner.

Drive from Byron Bay to Forster in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Wollongong.

Things to do in Forster

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

Wollongong

— 2 nights
Wollongong, informally referred to as "The Gong", is a seaside city located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. On the 9th (Thu), take some stellar pictures from Sublime Point Lookout.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Wollongong trip planner.

Drive from Forster to Wollongong in 5 hours. In January in Wollongong, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:
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Australia travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.