13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  18​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Pokolbin
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Vancouver

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bondi Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Rocks and Brett Whiteley Studio. There's much more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, shop like a local with Queen Victoria Building, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

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Vancouver, Canada to Sydney is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 18 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in July; daily highs in Sydney reach 21°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Pokolbin.

Things to do in Sydney

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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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Pokolbin

Pokolbin ©
With its first vineyards established in the mid 19th century, wine tourism in Pokolbin remains a major draw.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Ivanhoe Wines, do a tasting at Scarborough Wine Co, then look for gifts at Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop - Hall of Food, then learn about winemaking at Peterson House, and finally learn about winemaking at Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Pokolbin online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Pokolbin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Pokolbin are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Pokolbin

Wineries Shopping
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Peterson House ©
Peterson House
Scarborough Wine Co ©
Scarborough Wine Co

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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.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Port Macquarie day trip site .

Traveling by car from Pokolbin to Port Macquarie takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Pokolbin in July, expect nights in Port Macquarie to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are little chillier, around 13°C. You will leave for Byron Bay on the 17th (Wed).

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Cape Byron Lighthouse. We've included these beaches for you: Lennox Head Beach and Belongil Beach. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, let the kids burn off some steam at Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens, and stop by Byron Bay Cookies Retail Store.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Byron Bay trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Port Macquarie to Byron Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Port Macquarie in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Byron Bay: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow time for the bus ride to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lennox Head Beach, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at David Fleay Wildlife Park, then identify plant and animal life at Burleigh Head National Park, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip planner .

Getting from Byron Bay to Gold Coast by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Traveling from Byron Bay in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 11°C in Gold Coast. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

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David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Pacific Fair Shopping Centre ©
Pacific Fair Shopping Centre

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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 21st (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then make a trip to Wheel of Brisbane. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, admire the masterpieces at Gallery of Modern Art, then see the interesting displays at Opal Museum, and finally have fun at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Brisbane trip planner .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Brisbane are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Wildlife Parks
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre