15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Crescent Head
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
6
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Nelson Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
8
Newcastle
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Tokyo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, then take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip maker .

Tokyo, Japan to Brisbane is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 1 hour. In January, Brisbane is much hotter than Tokyo - with highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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 10th (Thu), get in on the family fun at Sea World Theme Park and then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction. On the next day, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and then get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast online tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Theme Parks, #Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World

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 12th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, and finally trek along Cape Byron Walking Track.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Byron Bay online trip builder .

Getting from Gold Coast to Byron Bay by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Byron Bay

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Spas & Wellness

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, then meet the residents at Pet Porpoise Pool - Dolphin Marine Magic, then make a trip to The Big Banana, and finally get great views at Forest Sky Pier.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Coffs Harbour road trip website .

Getting from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Byron Bay in January: highs in Coffs Harbour hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Crescent Head.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House
The Big Banana ©
The Big Banana
Forest Sky Pier ©
Forest Sky Pier

1
night
Crescent Head

Crescent Head ©
Crescent Head is a beach-side community 440 km north-northeast of Sydney, in Kempsey Shire, New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Crescent Head Lookout, explore the world behind art at The Slim Dusty Centre, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kempsey Riverside Park, and finally take some stellar pictures from Rudder Park Historical Lookout.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Crescent Head day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Coffs Harbour to Crescent Head takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Coffs Harbour in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Crescent Head: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Crescent Head

#Parks, #Museums, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Kempsey
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Crescent Head Lookout ©
Crescent Head Lookout
The Slim Dusty Centre ©
The Slim Dusty Centre
Kempsey Riverside Park ©
Kempsey Riverside Park

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.
On the 15th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Breakwall, then trek along Coastal walk, then identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, and finally enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Crescent Head to Port Macquarie takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nelson Bay.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse

1
night
Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay ©
Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): go for a stroll along the water at D'Albora Marinas, then make a trip to Gan Gan Lookout, and then identify plant and animal life at Tomaree Head.

For where to stay and tourist information, go to the Nelson Bay trip maker site .

Drive from Port Macquarie to Nelson Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Port Macquarie in January: highs in Nelson Bay hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

#Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Tomaree Head
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Gan Gan Lookout ©
Gan Gan Lookout
D'Albora Marinas ©
D'Albora Marinas

1
night
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): explore and take pictures at Fort Scratchley, then kick back and relax at Nobbys Beach, then take in the pleasant sights at Newcastle Memorial Walk, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Blackbutt Reserve.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Newcastle tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Nelson Bay to Newcastle in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Newcastle

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Newcastle Memorial Walk ©
Newcastle Memorial Walk
Fort Scratchley ©
Fort Scratchley

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, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Newcastle to Sydney takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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