10 days in Brisbane & Byron Bay Itinerary

10 days in Brisbane & Byron Bay Itinerary

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10 days in Brisbane & Byron Bay Itinerary

Start: Canberra
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Canberra

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Mooloolaba Beach and Kings Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Queensland Art Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Mapleton Observatory (in Mapleton), Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage (in Buderim) and Caloundra (Downtown Caloundra & Caloundra Regional Art Gallery). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nepalese Pagoda, see the interesting displays at Opal Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Gallery of Modern Art.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip planner .

Canberra to Brisbane is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Canberra in May; daily highs in Brisbane reach 27°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, Mapleton Observatory, Mooloolaba Beach
Find places to stay May 16 — 22:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cape Byron Lighthouse and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre. Get in touch with nature at Cape Byron Walking Track and Kayaking & Canoeing. When in Byron Bay, make a side trip to see Tropical Fruit World in Duranbah, approximately 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Belongil Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore and take pictures at The Farm Byron Bay, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lennox Head Beach.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Byron Bay trip planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Byron Bay by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Brisbane in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 12°C in Byron Bay. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Lennox Head Beach, Tropical Fruit World
Find places to stay May 22 — 25:
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Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Tropical Fruit World ©
Tropical Fruit World

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