47 days in Australia Itinerary

47 days in Australia Itinerary

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Start: Vancouver
Fly:  18 h
1
Sydney
— 11 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Newcastle
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Pokolbin
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Tamworth
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
6
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
7
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h
9
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h
10
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
11
Palm Cove
— 1 night
Shuttle:  30 min
12
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
13
Darwin
— 5 nights
Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Auckland

11
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wentworth Falls and Sublime Point Lookout. Take a break from the city and head to Palm Beach and Bondi Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Prince Henry Cliff Walk (in Katoomba), Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Leura Cascades (in Leura). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, wander the streets of King Street, stroll through Tamarama Beach, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip builder website.

Vancouver, Canada to Sydney is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 18 hours traveling from Vancouver to Sydney. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Vancouver in October: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bondi, Manly, Leura, Wentworth Falls, Prince Henry Cliff Walk
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 13:
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Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

4
nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
We've included these beaches for you: Nobbys Beach and Newcastle Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Fighter World and Christ Church Cathedral. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Merewether Beach, stroll around King Edward Park, see the interesting displays at Miss Porter's House, and get outside with The Bogey Hole.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Newcastle road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Newcastle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Newcastle, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pokolbin.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Fighter World
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 17:
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Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Merewether Beach ©
Merewether Beach
Fighter World ©
Fighter World

3
nights
Pokolbin

Pokolbin ©
With its first vineyards established in the mid 19th century, wine tourism in Pokolbin remains a major draw.
Get some cultural insight at Mount View Estate Winery and Tinklers Wines. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Savannah Estate Winery and Constable Estate Vineyards. There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Worthington's Vineyard and explore the galleries of Mistletoe Winery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Pokolbin trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Newcastle to Pokolbin takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tamworth.

Things to do in Pokolbin

Wineries Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Mount View
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 20:
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Petersons Wines Broke Road ©
Petersons Wines Broke Road
Petersons Wines ©
Petersons Wines
Mount Pleasant Wines ©
Mount Pleasant Wines

2
nights
Tamworth

Tamworth ©
Tamworth is a city in the New England region of New South Wales, Australia. On the 21st (Wed), examine the collection at Powerhouse Motorcycle Museum, thensee the interesting displays at Australian Country Music Hall of Fame, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Tamworth Regional Playground. On your second day here, examine the collection at Powerstation Museum, let little ones run wild at Tamworth Marsupial Park, and then play a few rounds at Tamworth Golf Club.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tamworth trip maker.

Drive from Pokolbin to Tamworth in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. October in Tamworth sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Tamworth

Museums Parks Fun & Games
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Australian Country Music Hall of Fame ©
Australian Country Music Hall of Fame
Powerstation Museum ©
Powerstation Museum
Tamworth Marsupial Park ©
Tamworth Marsupial Park

1
night
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): stroll through Park Beach, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Diggers Beach, and then grab your bike and head to Coffs Creek Walk and Cycleway.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Coffs Harbour sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Tamworth to Coffs Harbour takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Tamworth in October, plan for little chillier days in Coffs Harbour, with highs around 28°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 23:
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Diggers Beach ©
Diggers Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Broken Head Nature Reserve, thenget great views at Pat Morton Lookout, thentrek along Cape Byron Walking Track, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Byron Bay road trip planner.

Drive from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Pat Morton Lookout, Broken Head Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 24:
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Spas
Pat Morton Lookout ©
Pat Morton Lookout

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Kurrawa Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Relax by the water at Kirra Beach and Tugun Beach. Step out of Gold Coast to go to Duranbah and see Tropical Fruit World, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Greenmount Beach, explore the world behind art at Watling Fine Art Galleries & Burleigh Framing, stroll through Currumbin Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Augustine's Catholic Church.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast route planning tool.

You can drive from Byron Bay to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Tropical Fruit World
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 28:
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Tropical Fruit World ©
Tropical Fruit World
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Daisy Hill Conservation Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Queensland Maritime Museum and West End. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Gallery of Modern Art, pause for some serene contemplation at Albert Street Uniting Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel), and see the interesting displays at Opal Museum.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Brisbane trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Daisy Hill Conservation Park
Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 1:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
West End ©
West End
Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 2nd (Mon), take in the waterfront activity at Coral Sea Marina and then take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Into The Blue Gallery, thenview the masterpieces at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, thenexamine the collection at Proserpine Museum, and finally hike along Whitsunday Great Walk.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Brisbane to Airlie Beach in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Brisbane in November, Airlie Beach is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Proserpine Museum
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 3:
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Whitsunday Great Walk ©
Whitsunday Great Walk
Bicentennial Walkway ©
Bicentennial Walkway
Coral Sea Marina ©
Coral Sea Marina

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, take in the exciting artwork at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, and then explore the striking landscape of Whitsunday Islands National Park. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: join the crowd at Go-Kart Racing Track and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Catseye Beach.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Hamilton Island trip itinerary tool.

You can ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island in 1.5 hours. November in Hamilton Island sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Palm Cove.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands National Park
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 5:
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

1
night
Palm Cove

Palm Cove ©
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): kick back and relax at Yorkeys Knob Beach, identify plant and animal life at Cattana Wetlands, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Palm Cove trip planner.

Getting from Hamilton Island to Palm Cove by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In November, daytime highs in Palm Cove are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the shuttle to Cairns.

Things to do in Palm Cove

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cattana Wetlands, Spas, Yorkeys Knob Beach
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 6:
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Yorkeys Knob Beach ©
Yorkeys Knob Beach
Cattana Wetlands ©
Cattana Wetlands
Spas

4
nights
Cairns

Cairns ©
A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Crystal Cascades and Lake Barrine. Get in touch with nature at Red Arrow Walk and Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Cathedral Fig Tree (in Yungaburra) and Mulgrave Settlers Museum (in Gordonvale). There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Munro Martin Parklands, and admire the landmark architecture of Freshwater Station.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip builder site.

Cairns is very close to Palm Cove. In November, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Edge Hill, Yungaburra, Crystal Cascades, Mulgrave Settlers Museum
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 10:
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Crystal Cascades ©
Crystal Cascades
Spas
The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum ©

5
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Step off the beaten path and head to Safaris and Parliament House. Adelaide River War Cemetery and St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Darwin to Humpty Doo to see Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, brush up on your military savvy at Darwin Military Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Mindil Beach, and identify plant and animal life at East Point Reserve.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Darwin online attractions planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Darwin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns to Darwin, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Adelaide River War Cemetery, Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Safaris
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach

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