9 days in Australia Itinerary

9 days in Australia Itinerary

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9 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Newcastle
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  4​h 45​min
3
Byron Bay
— 1 night
+3
Bus + Train + Foot + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Albury
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Sydney. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Newcastle.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

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Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
On the 30th (Mon), stroll around Speers Point Park, get great views at Nobbys Head, take in the pleasant sights at Newcastle Memorial Walk, then take in the waterfront activity at Watt Street Wharf, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Newcastle vacation planning app .

You can drive from Sydney to Newcastle in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Off-Road Tours, Speers Point Park
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Speers Point Park ©
Speers Point Park
Newcastle Memorial Walk ©
Newcastle Memorial Walk
Off-Road Tours

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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.
On the 31st (Tue), glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Newcastle to Byron Bay in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

1
night
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): grab your bike and head to Esplanade, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then stop by Le Petit Chocolatier.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Hervey Bay route planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Hervey Bay in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Albury.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Esplanade ©
Esplanade
Le Petit Chocolatier ©
Le Petit Chocolatier

1
night
Albury

Albury, a major regional city in New South Wales, Australia, is located on the Hume Highway and the northern side of the Murray River. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Albury Botanic Garden, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then admire the landmark architecture of Albury Railway Station.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Albury trip builder app .

You can fly from Hervey Bay to Albury in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Hervey Bay in January, expect little chillier with lows of 19°C in Albury. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Albury

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Albury Botanic Garden ©
Albury Botanic Garden
Albury Railway Station ©
Albury Railway Station

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 3rd (Fri), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Albury to Melbourne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Albury in January: highs in Melbourne hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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