14 days in Australia Itinerary

14 days in Australia Itinerary

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14 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Lennox Head
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Geelong
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
End: Melbourne

3
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.
Bring the kids along to Mooloolaba Beach and Moffat Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba) and SunJet Simulations (in Caloundra). Next up on the itinerary: walk around South Bank Parklands, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, have some family-friendly fun at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz, and identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Brisbane route app .

Melbourne to Brisbane is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Brisbane: highs are around 29°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Outdoors

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Caloundra
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then kick back and relax at Broken Head Beach, and then trek along Cape Byron Walking Track.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay route planning site .

You can drive from Brisbane to Byron Bay in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Brisbane in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Byron Bay, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lennox Head.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

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

1
night
Lennox Head

Lennox Head ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the activities along Lake Ainsworth, kick back and relax at Lennox Head Beach, and then get great views at Pat Morton Lookout.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Lennox Head trip itinerary planner .

Lennox Head is very close to Byron Bay. In October, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Lennox Head

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Lake Ainsworth ©
Lake Ainsworth
Pat Morton Lookout ©
Pat Morton Lookout

1
night
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): stroll through Park Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Solitary Islands Coastal Walk, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Diggers Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Coffs Harbour trip planner .

Traveling by car from Lennox Head to Coffs Harbour takes 3 hours. Traveling from Lennox Head in October, expect nights in Coffs Harbour to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Park Beach ©
Park Beach
Diggers Beach ©
Diggers Beach

1
night
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): try for a hole-in-one at Port Macquarie Driving Range and Mini Golf, identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Coastal walk.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Port Macquarie trip planner .

Getting from Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Coffs Harbour, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

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

4
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.
Kids will enjoy Bondi Beach and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. There's lots more to do: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, take a stroll through The Rocks, and stroll through Manly Beach.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Port Macquarie to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Port Macquarie in October: highs in Sydney hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Geelong.

Things to do in Sydney

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

2
nights
Geelong

Geelong ©
Geelong is a port city located on Corio Bay and the Barwon River, in the state of Victoria, Australia, 75km south-west of the state capital, Melbourne. On the 14th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary of the Angels, then take a memorable drive along The Great Ocean Road, and then get your game on at The Rock Adventure Centre. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Eastern Beach Reserve, get to know the resident critters at Werribee Open Range Zoo, and then don't miss a visit to Geelong Mosque.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Geelong driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Geelong in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect Geelong to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catch the train back home.

Things to do in Geelong

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, The Great Ocean Road
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve

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