11 days in Sydney, Byron Bay & Noosa Itinerary

11 days in Sydney, Byron Bay & Noosa Itinerary

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11 days in Sydney, Byron Bay & Noosa Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  17​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Noosa
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

2
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Manly Beach and Coogee Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Shelly Beach and Photography Tours. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, make a trip to Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of The Rocks, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sydney online tour planner .

San Francisco, USA to Sydney is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Sydney is 18 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect nights in Sydney to be a bit warmer, around 65°F, while days are much warmer, around 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

3
nights
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'll discover tucked-away gems like Lennox Head Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. Get some cultural insight at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Jules Hunt Studio Gallery. There's lots more to do: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, enjoy the sand and surf at Tallow Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Belongil Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Byron Bay in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Broken Head Beach, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Lennox Head Beach
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach

3
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kings Beach and Maroochydore Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Peregian Beach and HMAS Brisbane. Explore Noosa's surroundings by going to Spas & Wellness (in Maroochydore) and Bulcock Beach (in Caloundra). There's more to do: explore the activities along Noosa River and stroll through Noosa Main Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Noosa online visit planner .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Noosa in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Maroochydore Beach, HMAS Brisbane
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Peregian Beach ©
Peregian Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach

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