12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Gold Coast
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Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Newcastle
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
End: Gold Coast

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre, then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction, and then kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the different shops at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Gold Coast online driving holiday planner .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Gold Coast. December in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): kick back and relax at Lennox Head Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Byron Walking Track, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Belongil Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Byron Bay online holiday planner .

Traveling by bus from Gold Coast to Byron Bay takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Lennox Head Beach
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Lennox Head Beach ©
Lennox Head Beach
Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach

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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.
On the 29th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, enjoy the sand and surf at Coffs Harbour Beach, and then stroll through Diggers beach.

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

Getting from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Byron Bay in December, expect nights in Coffs Harbour to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House
Coffs Harbour Beach ©
Coffs Harbour Beach
Diggers Beach ©
Diggers Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): stroll through Coastal walk, then look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, and then explore the striking landscape of Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Port Macquarie day trip site .

Drive from Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Coffs Harbour, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital

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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.
On the 31st (Mon), stop by Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop - Hall of Food, learn about winemaking at Peterson House, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tomaree Head. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Blackbutt Reserve, go for a walk through Newcastle Memorial Walk, and then stroll through Nobbys Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Newcastle visit planning app .

Traveling by car from Port Macquarie to Newcastle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Port Macquarie in December, you will find days in Newcastle are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Pokolbin, Tomaree Head
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Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Peterson House ©
Peterson House

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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.
Head to Sydney Fish Market and Queen Victoria Building (QVB)for plenty of shopping. We've included these beaches for you: Manly Beach and Coogee Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown) and Pulpit Rock Lookout (in Blue Mountains National Park). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, see a show at Sydney Opera House, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney online vacation planner .

Getting from Newcastle to Sydney by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pulpit Rock Lookout, Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Highlights from your plan
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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