12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Drive:  2​h
1
Glass House Mountains
— 1 day
Drive:  45​min
2
Montville
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Brisbane
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
4
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Dorrigo
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
7
Newcastle
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Sydney
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Blue Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Jervis Bay
— 2 nights
drive:  9​h
11
Melbourne
— 1 night
End: Melbourne


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Glass House Mountains

Glass House Mountains ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): meet the residents at Australia Zoo and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Ngungun.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Glass House Mountains trip maker tool .

Brisbane to Glass House Mountains is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. January in Glass House Mountains sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Montville.

Things to do in Glass House Mountains

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Australia Zoo
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Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Mount Ngungun ©
Mount Ngungun

1
night
Montville

Montville
Montville is a small town in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, on the Blackall Range in Queensland, Australia, around 400 metres above sea level. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kondalilla National Park. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Kondalilla National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Ninderry.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Montville day trip planning site .

Drive from Glass House Mountains to Montville in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Montville

Outdoors Tours Parks
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, have some family-friendly fun at South Bank Parklands, and then find something for the whole family at Wheel of Brisbane. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dicky Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River, and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane tour itinerary maker .

Getting from Byron Bay to Brisbane by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Byron Bay in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Brisbane, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Tours Parks
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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.
You've now added Burleigh Head National Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck, then identify plant and animal life at David Fleay Wildlife Park, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Sea World Theme Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Gold Coast trip tool .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then trek along Cape Byron Walking Track.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Byron Bay trip planner .

Take a bus from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daily temperatures in Byron Bay can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Dorrigo.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
Dorrigo

Dorrigo ©
Dorrigo, a small town on the Waterfall Way, is located on the Northern Tablelands, in northern New South Wales, Australia. You've now added Guy Fawkes River National Park to your itinerary. On the 17th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Guy Fawkes River National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Dorrigo online visit planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Melbourne to Dorrigo. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in January since evenings lows in Dorrigo dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dorrigo

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Coffs Harbour Butterfly House
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Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House

1
night
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): explore and take pictures at Fort Scratchley, kick back and relax at Nobbys Beach, then go for a walk through Newcastle Memorial Walk, and finally identify plant and animal life at Blackbutt Reserve.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the Newcastle sightseeing planner.

Drive from Dorrigo to Newcastle in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In January, daily temperatures in Newcastle can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Wildlife Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 10:
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Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Newcastle Memorial Walk ©
Newcastle Memorial Walk
Fort Scratchley ©
Fort Scratchley

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown), Katoomba (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & Wentworth Falls) and Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley). And it doesn't end there: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take a memorable tour with Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sydney online travel planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Blue Mountains National Park

Blue Mountains National Park ©
This is the official community page for Blue Mountains National Park. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, make a trip to Leura Cascades, delve into the lush surroundings at Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, then take some stellar pictures from Govetts Leap, and finally take in breathtaking views at Pulpit Rock Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Blue Mountains National Park Glenbrook.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Blue Mountains National Park trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Blue Mountains National Park takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Jervis Bay.

Things to do in Blue Mountains National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park Glenbrook, Govetts Leap, Leura Cascades, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
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Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout
Govetts Leap ©
Govetts Leap
Leura Cascades ©
Leura Cascades

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nights
Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay ©
A trip to Jervis Bay will take you to the southern coast of New South Wales, known for allegedly boasting some of the whitest sands in the world.
You've now added Booderee National Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Booderee National Park. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bendeela Camping and Picnic Area.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Jervis Bay journey planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, train, and bus from Melbourne to Jervis Bay takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Jervis Bay can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Bendeela Camping and Picnic Area
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:
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Booderee National Park ©
Booderee National Park

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find out how to plan a trip to Melbourne, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of bus, train, and flight from Jervis Bay to Melbourne takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

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