17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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Brisbane
— 3 nights
2
Gold Coast
— 1 night
3
Byron Bay
— 1 night
4
Coffs Harbour
— 2 nights
5
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
6
Sydney
— 7 nights

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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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and West End. Step out of the city life by going to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Glass House Mountains National Park. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel).

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Brisbane day trip planning tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Brisbane is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Brisbane is 9 hours. In December, Brisbane is much hotter than Amsterdam - with highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Glass House Mountains National Park
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
West End ©
West End

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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.
On the 24th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Springbrook National Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip maker.

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:
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Springbrook National Park ©
Springbrook National Park
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): get great views at Pat Morton Lookout.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay online holiday planner.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. December in Byron Bay sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Broken Head, Pat Morton Lookout
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
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Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Spas
Pat Morton Lookout ©
Pat Morton Lookout

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Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Two Tails Wines, enjoy the sand and surf at Diggers Beach, delve into the lush surroundings at Korora Lookout, then kick back and relax at Park Beach, and finally grab your bike and head to Coffs Creek Walk and Cycleway. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Coffs Harbour Regional Museum and then stroll through Solitary Islands Coastal Walk.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Coffs Harbour road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Byron Bay 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Two Tails Wines
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Diggers Beach ©
Diggers Beach
Korora Lookout ©
Korora Lookout
Two Tails Wines ©
Two Tails Wines

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night
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Port Macquarie trip planner.

Traveling by car from Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Coffs Harbour in December, plan for little chillier days in Port Macquarie, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Port Macquarie Driving Range and Mini Golf ©
Port Macquarie Driving Range and Mini Golf

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour. Explore hidden gems such as Palm Beach and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Hawkesbury Regional Museum (in Windsor), Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Bronte Beach, stroll through Bondi Beach, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip planning site.

You can fly from Port Macquarie to Sydney in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Port Macquarie in December, expect nights in Sydney to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Terrigal Beach, Hawkesbury Regional Museum, Bilpin Cider Company, Cronulla Beach Walk
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 5:
Highlights from your plan
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach

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