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
— 1 night
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
Shoal Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Tokyo

1
night
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, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, and then snap pictures at Victoria Bridge Abutment. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane day trip planning site .

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 to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 1 hour. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in January; daily highs in Brisbane reach 34°C and lows reach 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
Victoria Bridge Abutment ©
Victoria Bridge Abutment

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), enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, then kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and then see the interesting displays at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, stroll through Coolangatta Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

To plan Gold Coast vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Broken Head Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, and then kick back and relax at Wategos Beach.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay travel route planner .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Byron Bay sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Byron Bay

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Broken Head Beach
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Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach

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.
On the 13th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, then stroll through Coffs Harbour Beach, and then kick back and relax at Diggers beach.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Coffs Harbour trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Byron Bay in January, expect nights in Coffs Harbour to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Crescent Head.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House
Diggers beach ©
Diggers beach
Coffs Harbour Beach ©
Coffs Harbour Beach

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): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goolawah National Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Crescent Head trip builder .

Getting from Coffs Harbour to Crescent Head by car takes about 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 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Crescent Head

#Parks, #Nature
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Goolawah National Park ©
Goolawah National 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): hike along Coastal walk, then look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, and then trek along Googik heritage Trail.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Macquarie trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Crescent Head to Port Macquarie takes an hour. In January, daytime highs in Port Macquarie are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Shoal Bay.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

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

1
night
Shoal Bay

Shoal Bay ©
On the 16th (Wed), make a trip to Gan Gan Lookout, then kick back and relax at Zenith Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tomaree Head.

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Getting from Port Macquarie to Shoal Bay by car takes about 3 hours. When traveling from Port Macquarie in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Shoal Bay: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Shoal Bay

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Gan Gan Lookout
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Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Zenith Beach ©
Zenith Beach
Gan Gan Lookout ©
Gan Gan Lookout

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Manly Beach and Coogee Beach. Let the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Australian Museum capture your imagination. The adventure continues: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, wander the streets of The Rocks, and enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney online vacation planner .

You can drive from Shoal Bay to Sydney in 3 hours. In January in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. 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
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Australian National Maritime Museum ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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