15 days in Queensland & New South Wales Itinerary

15 days in Queensland & New South Wales Itinerary

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15 days in Queensland & New South Wales Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  29​h
1
Townsville
— 1 day
Fly + bus:  6​h
2
Byron Bay
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Gold Coast
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 30​min
4
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h 15​min
5
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
6
Merimbula
— 1 day
bus:  4​h 30​min
7
Jervis Bay
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  29​h
End: London

1
day
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 5th (Sat), explore the fascinating underground world of Copperfield Gorge, go for a walk through Castle Hill, and then enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Townsville trip website .

London, UK to Townsville is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 10 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from London in January; daily highs in Townsville reach 37°C and lows reach 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Copperfield Gorge
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

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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): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, enjoy the sand and surf at Wategos Beach, and then trek along Cape Byron Walking Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): stroll through Broken Head Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lennox Head Beach, and then kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Byron Bay holiday builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Townsville to Byron Bay in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Townsville in January, plan for little chillier nights in Byron Bay, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Broken Head Beach, Lighthouse Beach, Lennox Head Beach
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Lennox Head Beach ©
Lennox Head Beach
Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach

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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.
On the 8th (Tue), kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

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Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 9th (Wed), explore the activities along Wanggoolba Creek and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Eli Creek and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island holiday planning website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Gold Coast to Fraser Island in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek

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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 11th (Fri): trek along Coastal walk, then identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Thomas Anglican Church. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, then relax in the rural setting at Ricardoes Tomatoes and U-Pick Strawberry Farm, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Port Macquarie holiday planning website .

Getting from Fraser Island to Port Macquarie by combination of car, ferry, and flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. When traveling from Fraser Island in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Merimbula.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk

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Merimbula

Merimbula ©
Merimbula Merimbula is a town on the Merimbula Lake, located on the Far South Coast or Sapphire Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): kick back and relax at Short Point Recreation Reserve, then look for all kinds of wild species at Panboola Wetlands, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pambula Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Merimbula road trip planning app .

You can fly from Port Macquarie to Merimbula in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Merimbula when traveling from Port Macquarie in January, with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Jervis Bay.

Things to do in Merimbula

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Panboola Wetlands, Pambula Beach
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Panboola Wetlands ©
Panboola Wetlands

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nights
Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay ©
A trip to Jervis Bay will take you to the southern coast of New South Wales, known for allegedly boasting some of the whitest sands in the world.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hyams Beach and Greenfield Beach. Get outdoors at Bendalong Beach and Blenheim Beach. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Callala Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nelson Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Jervis Bay travel route planner.

Traveling by bus from Merimbula to Jervis Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. In January, daytime highs in Jervis Bay are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Callala Beach, Bendalong Beach
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Hyams Beach ©
Hyams Beach
Bendalong Beach ©
Bendalong Beach
Blenheim Beach ©
Blenheim Beach

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