15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Coffs Harbour
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Yamba
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Warwick
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
5
Stanthorpe
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Armidale
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Tamworth
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Change things up with these side-trips from Port Macquarie: North Brother Mountain (in Laurieton) and Cowarra Off Creek Storage Dam (in Wauchope). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, don't miss a visit to Breakwall Waking Path, explore the striking landscape of Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, and stroll through Coastal walk.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Port Macquarie online attractions planner .

Sydney to Port Macquarie is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Sydney in December, you will find days in Port Macquarie are little chillier (26°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

North Brother Mountain, Cowarra Off Creek Storage Dam
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Take a break from Coffs Harbour with a short trip to Dorrigo National Park in Dorrigo, about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to The Big Banana Fun Park, take a leisurely stroll along The Boardwalk, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and take some stellar pictures from Forest Sky Pier.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Coffs Harbour trip planning tool .

Drive from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Port Macquarie in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Coffs Harbour: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Yamba.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Dorrigo National Park, The Boardwalk
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Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House
The Big Banana Fun Park ©
The Big Banana Fun Park
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
Yamba

Yamba ©
Yamba is a town in northern New South Wales, Australia at the mouth of the Clarence River. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): kick back and relax at Main Beach Yamba, stroll through Spooky Beach, then stroll through Turners Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Pippi Beach. On the next day, hike along Iluka Rainforest Walking Track and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Yamba trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Coffs Harbour to Yamba takes 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Yamba can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Warwick.

Things to do in Yamba

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Iluka Rainforest Walking Track, Spooky Beach
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Pippi Beach ©
Pippi Beach
Turners Beach ©
Turners Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Warwick

Warwick ©
Warwick is a town and locality in southeast Queensland, Australia, lying 130km south-west of Brisbane. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): get to know the resident critters at Darling Downs Zoo, contemplate the long history of Glengallan Homestead & Heritage Centre, and then get engrossed in the history at The Warwick and District Historical Society Inc - Museum.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Warwick road trip planning tool .

Drive from Yamba to Warwick in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Stanthorpe.

Things to do in Warwick

Museums Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Darling Downs Zoo
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3
nights
Stanthorpe

Stanthorpe ©
Stanthorpe is a town situated in south east Queensland, Australia. Step out of Stanthorpe with an excursion to Bald Rock National Park in Tenterfield--about 44 minutes away. Spend the 7th (Tue) exploring nature at Girraween National Park. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Lawdogs Australia, admire all the interesting features of Suttons Juice Factory, examine the collection at Truffle Discovery Centre Stanthorpe, and take in the exciting artwork at Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Stanthorpe driving holiday app .

You can drive from Warwick to Stanthorpe in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Armidale.

Things to do in Stanthorpe

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Girraween National Park, Bald Rock National Park, Suttons Juice Factory
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Bald Rock National Park ©
Bald Rock National Park
Girraween National Park ©
Girraween National Park
Lawdogs Australia ©
Lawdogs Australia

2
nights
Armidale

Armidale ©
Armidale is a city in the Northern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia. On the 9th (Thu), see the interesting displays at McCrossin's Mill Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saints Mary and Joseph Catholic Cathedral, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wollomombi Falls, and finally cruise along Waterfall Way. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Museum of Antiquities, then contemplate the long history of Booloominbah Historic House, then admire all the interesting features of Sunhill Dairy Goats, and finally admire the sheer force of Dangars Falls.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Armidale tour planning website .

Drive from Stanthorpe to Armidale in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Tamworth.

Things to do in Armidale

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Uralla
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:
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Wollomombi Falls ©
Wollomombi Falls
McCrossin's Mill Museum ©
McCrossin's Mill Museum
Sunhill Dairy Goats ©
Sunhill Dairy Goats

1
night
Tamworth

Tamworth ©
Tamworth is a city in the New England region of New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): let little ones run wild at Tamworth Regional Playground, then contemplate the long history of The Memorial to the Australian Light Horse, then take some stellar pictures from Oxley Scenic Lookout, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Tamworth Marsupial Park.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tamworth tour planning website .

Traveling by car from Armidale to Tamworth takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Tamworth are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamworth

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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Tamworth Marsupial Park ©
Tamworth Marsupial Park
Tamworth Regional Playground ©
Tamworth Regional Playground
Oxley Scenic Lookout ©
Oxley Scenic Lookout

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