23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Sydney
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Canberra
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
Newcastle
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Sydney

7
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba) and The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park). There's much more to do: wander the streets of The Rocks, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney road trip planner .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

The National Pass, Wentworth Falls, Taronga Zoo
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Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

2
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 3rd (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, then make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at Questacon, then explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin, and then pause for some photo ops at Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Canberra trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Sydney in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Canberra, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

#Museums, #Childrens Museums, #Nature
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
Mount Ainslie Lookout ©
Mount Ainslie Lookout

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and then admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Block Arcade, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, then brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne travel route builder .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Canberra in January: highs in Melbourne hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

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#Parks, #Museums, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands and then explore the activities along The Brisbane River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane driving holiday planning app .

You can fly from Melbourne to Brisbane in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, Brisbane is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

2
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.
On the 9th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: try out the rides at Sea World Theme Park and then get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Byron Bay.

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#Parks, #Theme Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, and then trek along Cape Byron Walking Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Byron Bay Cookies Retail Store, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then relax in the rural setting at The Farm Byron Bay, and finally let little ones run wild at Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Byron Bay travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Byron Bay sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Byron Bay

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trips

Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens, Big Prawn
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens ©

3
nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tomaree Head. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Blackbutt Reserve, then take in the pleasant sights at Newcastle Memorial Walk, and then kick back and relax at Nobbys Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Newcastle online trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Newcastle in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Newcastle can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Newcastle

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Tomaree Head, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Newcastle Memorial Walk ©
Newcastle Memorial Walk
Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach

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