13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly + train:  9​h 15​min
1
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Yamba
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Byron Bay
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
6
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Noosa
— 1 night
train:  3​h 45​min
8
Bundaberg
— 1 night
train + taxi:  1​h 15​min
9
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
10
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Perth


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Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): delve into the lush surroundings at Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, sample the tasty concoctions at Bilpin Cider Company, admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, then admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, and finally stop by OMNIA a little bit of everywhere. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, don't miss a visit to Day FIne Art, make a trip to Gallery Blackheath, take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, then take in breathtaking views at Lincoln's Rock, and finally take some stellar pictures from Govetts Leap.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Katoomba vacation planner.

Perth to Katoomba is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. In May in Katoomba, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Blackheath, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Lincoln's Rock, Everglades Historic House and Gardens
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Bilpin Cider Company ©
Bilpin Cider Company
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, then trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, then see a show at Sydney Opera House, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and then take a stroll through The Rocks.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Katoomba in May, Sydney is a bit warmer at night with lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

1
night
Coffs Harbour

Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): get interesting insight from Tours, identify plant and animal life at Boambee Creek Reserve, and then take some stellar pictures from Mutton Bird Island Lookout.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Coffs Harbour online travel route planner .

Fly from Sydney to Coffs Harbour in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Coffs Harbour are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Yamba.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Boambee Creek Reserve
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
night
Yamba

Yamba ©
Yamba is a town in northern New South Wales, Australia at the mouth of the Clarence River. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): go for a walk through Angourie Walking Track, then enjoy the sand and surf at Turners Beach, and then kick back and relax at Pippi Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Yamba itinerary app .

Drive from Coffs Harbour to Yamba in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Yamba

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Turners Beach ©
Turners Beach
Pippi Beach ©
Pippi 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 (Mon): hike along Cape Byron Walking Track, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, and then get outside with Getaway Girls.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Byron Bay trip maker app .

Getting from Yamba to Byron Bay by car takes about 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

1
night
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 (Tue): observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip app .

Traveling by bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

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Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Noosa road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Noosa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Noosa

Nature Parks
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park

1
night
Bundaberg

Bundaberg ©
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): sample the fine beverages at Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing Company, pick up some local products at Alloway Farm Market, then do a tasting at Ohana Cider House & Tropical Winery, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bundaberg Rum Distillery.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Bundaberg trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can take a train from Noosa to Bundaberg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Bundaberg, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Breweries & Distilleries Wineries Shopping
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Bundaberg Rum Distillery ©
Bundaberg Rum Distillery
Alloway Farm Market ©
Alloway Farm Market

1
night
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): let little ones run wild at Wook-Koo Park and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hervey Bay trip site .

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Bundaberg to Hervey Bay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daily temperatures in Hervey Bay can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Wook-Koo Park
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Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
On the 16th (Sat), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cairns itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Hervey Bay to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Cairns when traveling from Hervey Bay in May, with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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