21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Port Macquarie
Drive:  2​h
1
Coffs Harbour
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Grafton
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Yamba
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
4
Iluka
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Byron Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Port Macquarie

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Diggers beach and Coffs Harbour Beach. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, take some stellar pictures from Forest Sky Pier, make a trip to Cunningham’s Big Bunch, and kick back and relax at Solitary Islands Coastal Walk.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Coffs Harbour online driving holiday planner .

Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. When traveling from Port Macquarie in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Coffs Harbour, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Grafton.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House
Diggers beach ©
Diggers beach
The Big Banana ©
The Big Banana

1
night
Grafton

Grafton ©
The city of Grafton is the seat of Local Government, the Federal and State Government administrative centre, and the commercial hub of the Clarence River Valley. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): enjoy some diversion at See Park, then take an in-depth tour of Schaeffer House Museum, then make a trip to Grafton Regional Gallery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Grafton online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Coffs Harbour to Grafton takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yamba.

Things to do in Grafton

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Museums
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See Park ©
See Park
Grafton Regional Gallery ©
Grafton Regional Gallery
Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral

1
night
Yamba

Yamba ©
Yamba is a town in northern New South Wales, Australia at the mouth of the Clarence River. On the 17th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Spooky Beach, kick back and relax at Turners Beach, then kick back and relax at Main Beach Yamba, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Pippi Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Yamba trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Grafton to Yamba takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Iluka.

Things to do in Yamba

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Spooky Beach
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Pippi Beach ©
Pippi Beach
Main Beach Yamba ©
Main Beach Yamba
Spooky Beach ©
Spooky Beach

1
night
Iluka

Iluka ©
Iluka is a small village at the mouth of the Clarence River in New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): stop by Iguana Beachwear Gifts & Home Decor and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Iluka.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Iluka driving holiday planning site .

Traveling by car from Yamba to Iluka takes an hour. In January in Iluka, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Iluka

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Iguana Beachwear Gifts & Home Decor ©

4
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.
Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens has been added to your itinerary. Visiting Cape Byron Walking Track and Wategos Beach will get you outdoors. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Lennox Head Beach and Lighthouse Beach. Spend the 22nd (Tue) exploring nature at Arakwal National Park. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Broken Head Beach, let little ones run wild at Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Belongil Beach, and visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Byron Bay trip maker tool .

Drive from Iluka to Byron Bay in 2 hours. January in Byron Bay sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Lighthouse Beach, Broken Head Beach, Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens, Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens, Lennox Head Beach
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach

5
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 Surfer's Paradise Beach and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. We've included these beaches for you: Burleigh Heads Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Marina Mirage, stroll through Kirra Beach, and get in on the family fun at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast tour builder .

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Gold Coast takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Theme Parks, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 27:
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Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

6
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 Mooloolaba Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kings Beach and Moffat Beach. Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to MaisyMoo (in Caloundra) and Australia Zoo (in Beerwah). Next up on the itinerary: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, kick back and relax at Dicky Beach, explore the activities along The Brisbane River, and take some stellar pictures from Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Australia Zoo, Mooloolaba Beach
Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 2:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

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