11 days in Australia Itinerary

11 days in Australia Itinerary

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11 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Beijing
Fly:  15​h
1
Melbourne
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Cowes
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Brisbane
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
5
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
6
Byron Bay
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
7
Ballina
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Coffs Harbour
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
9
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
10
Nelson Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Sydney
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
12
Glenbrook
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
13
Mosman
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
14
Sydney
— Few hours
Fly:  15​h
End: Beijing

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night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Hosier Lane, Puffing Billy Railway, SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Hosier Lane, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Queen Victoria Market, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, and finally get interesting insight from Puffing Billy Railway.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne tour builder app .

Beijing, China to Melbourne is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Beijing to Melbourne. While traveling from Beijing, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cowes.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Puffing Billy Railway
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Queen Victoria Market ©
Queen Victoria Market
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
Hosier Lane ©
Hosier Lane

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hours
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Phillip Island Wildlife Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Cowes trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Cowes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 48°F. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cowes

Wildlife Parks
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Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
You've now added Dandenong Ranges National Park to your itinerary.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cowes to Melbourne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Melbourne

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Dandenong Ranges National Park
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Dandenong Ranges National Park ©
Dandenong Ranges National Park

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hours
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes South Bank Parklands as well as Brisbane City Council.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane online driving holiday planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Brisbane in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in May, expect Brisbane to be somewhat warmer, temps between 74°F and 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Fun & Games Parks
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Brisbane City Council ©
Brisbane City Council

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dreamworld, Seaworld Cruise Day Tours, Paradise Country, and other attractions you added. On the 12th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach, take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck, find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, then explore and take pictures at Paradise Country, and finally get interesting insight from Seaworld Cruise Day Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Dreamworld.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Gold Coast trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld

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hours
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.
You've now added Cape Byron Walking Track to your itinerary.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay tour itinerary builder app .

Take a bus from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Byron Bay, with lows of 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ballina.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track

1
night
Ballina

Ballina
Ballina is a town in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia, and the seat of the Ballina Shire local government area. For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ballina tour builder .

Ballina is very close to Byron Bay. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 51°F. You will leave for Coffs Harbour on the 14th (Tue).

Things to do in Ballina

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
The Big Banana Fun Park has been added to your itinerary.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Coffs Harbour online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Ballina to Coffs Harbour by car takes about 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Coffs Harbour are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Port Macquarie.
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The Big Banana Fun Park ©
The Big Banana Fun Park

1
night
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze as well as Koala Hospital. On the 15th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital and then do a tasting at Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Port Macquarie planner .

Drive from Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Coffs Harbour in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie: temperatures range from 57°F by day to 53°F at night. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nelson Bay.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Wineries Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze
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Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze ©
Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital

1
night
Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay
Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Nelson Bay journey builder website .

Getting from Port Macquarie to Nelson Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Port Macquarie in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Nelson Bay, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. You will leave for Sydney on the 16th (Thu).

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours
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night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sydney Fish Market, Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck and Sydney Harbour Bridge. On the 16th (Thu), take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, then admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck, and finally stroll through Bondi Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Sydney online day trip planner .

You can drive from Nelson Bay to Sydney in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Sydney are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Glenbrook.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Neighborhoods Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

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hours
Glenbrook

Glenbrook
Glenbrook is an affluent suburb of the Lower Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Glenbrook trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Glenbrook takes an hour. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sydney in May since evenings lows in Glenbrook dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Mosman.

Things to do in Glenbrook

Nature Parks
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Mosman

Mosman ©
If it weren't for the amazing view of Sydney Harbour, Mosman might seem light-years away from Australia's largest and busiest city.
For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Mosman trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Glenbrook to Mosman in an hour. Traveling from Glenbrook in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Mosman, with lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Mosman

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Taronga Zoo ©
Taronga Zoo

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Sydney

Sydney
To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip builder tool .

Sydney is just a short distance from Mosman. On the 17th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Nightlife
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