12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Byron Bay
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h
5
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h
End: Melbourne

3
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

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Melbourne to Sydney is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

1
night
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 11th (Sat), glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then kick back and relax at Broken Head Beach, and then hike along Cape Byron Walking Track.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Byron Bay driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Byron Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trip

Broken Head Beach
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction, and then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip planner .

You can take a bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

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 14th (Tue): stroll around Roma Street Parkland and then stroll around South Bank Parklands. On the next day, have some family-friendly fun at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz, then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Psychic Readings Twin Featherz ©
Psychic Readings Twin Featherz

3
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Airlie Beach is known for adventure, wildlife, beaches, spas, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, look for gifts at Beach Book Boutique, and enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach online vacation builder .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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