8 days in Australia Itinerary

8 days in Australia Itinerary

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8 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  4​h 15​min
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Sydney

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck and then stroll through Surfer's Paradise Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Gold Coast driving holiday planning site .

Sydney to Gold Coast is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Byron Bay.

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Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta 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 24th (Mon): stroll through Cape Byron Walking Track, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, and then stroll through Broken Head Beach.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay online journey planner .

Drive from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Gold Coast in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Byron Bay, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

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Broken Head Beach
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Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
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Cape Byron Lighthouse

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Moffat Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River and then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Brisbane tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Brisbane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Byron Bay in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Brisbane, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Hervey Bay.

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Moffat Beach
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The Brisbane River
The Brisbane River
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands

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Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): tour the stables at Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hervey Bay trip maker site .

Getting from Brisbane to Hervey Bay by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. September in Hervey Bay sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

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Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Eli Creek and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island trip itinerary builder site .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Lake McKenzie

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