11 days in Australia Itinerary

11 days in Australia Itinerary

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11 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Drive:  2​h
1
Newcastle
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Yamba
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Pokolbin
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Nelson Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Sydney


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Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Newcastle journey maker site .

Sydney to Newcastle is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Newcastle can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Newcastle

Historic Sites Parks
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Nobbys Head ©
Nobbys Head

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Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
On the 28th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, and finally make a trip to Breakwall Waking Path.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie trip planner .

Drive from Newcastle to Port Macquarie in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. While traveling from Newcastle, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse

2
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.
On the 29th (Sat), hike along Cape Byron Walking Track, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, and then take some stellar pictures from Broken Head Nature Reserve. Keep things going the next day: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lennox Head Beach, and then experience rural life at The Farm Byron Bay.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Byron Bay vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Port Macquarie to Byron Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Port Macquarie in December, expect nights in Byron Bay to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Mon) before leaving for Brisbane.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lennox Head Beach, Broken Head Nature Reserve
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Broken Head Nature Reserve ©
Broken Head Nature Reserve
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Anglican Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Dicky Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel), and then kick back and relax at Moffat Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Brisbane trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Yamba.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
St. John's Anglican Cathedral ©
St. John's Anglican Cathedral

1
night
Yamba

Yamba
Yamba is a town in northern New South Wales, Australia at the mouth of the Clarence River. Make your Yamba itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Brisbane to Yamba in 3.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Yamba when traveling from Brisbane in January, with lows around 22°C. On the 3rd (Thu), you're off toPokolbin.

Things to do in Yamba

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Pokolbin

Pokolbin ©
With its first vineyards established in the mid 19th century, wine tourism in Pokolbin remains a major draw.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): meet the residents at Hunter Valley Zoo, then do a tasting at Ernest Hill Wines, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Sydney. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard, learn about winemaking at Leogate Estate Wines, then learn about winemaking at Hope Estate, then learn about winemaking at Scarborough Wine Co, and finally do a tasting at First Creek Wines & Winemaking Services.

Discover how to plan a Pokolbin trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Yamba to Pokolbin takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. January in Pokolbin sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nelson Bay.

Things to do in Pokolbin

Wineries Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Nulkaba
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Leogate Estate Wines ©
Leogate Estate Wines
Scarborough Wine Co ©
Scarborough Wine Co
Ernest Hill Wines ©
Ernest Hill Wines

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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. On the 5th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Tomaree National Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Nelson Bay day trip app .

Getting from Pokolbin to Nelson Bay by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Tomaree National Park, One Mile Beach
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Tomaree National Park ©
Tomaree National Park

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