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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Rocks and Vaucluse House. Visit Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach for some beach relaxation. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planning app .

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, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sydney, with lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): kick back and relax at Lennox Head Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Broken Head Beach, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay online holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Byron Bay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Broken Head Beach, Lennox Head Beach
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Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Lennox Head Beach ©
Lennox Head Beach

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.
On the 12th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park and then meet the residents at Sea World Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach, and then get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast vacation maker website .

Traveling by bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

2
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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.
On the 14th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then kick back and relax at Dicky Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: have some family-friendly fun at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz, then walk around South Bank Parklands, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip maker .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Brisbane are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

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: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, get interesting insight from Tours, kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and look for gifts at Beach Book Boutique.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip planner .

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can 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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