16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  18​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Coffs Harbour
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Vancouver

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shelly Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of The Rocks, kick back and relax at Camp Cove, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and stroll through Clovelly.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Sydney is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 18 hours traveling from Vancouver to Sydney. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Vancouver in January, with highs in Sydney at 32°C and lows at 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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nights
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Scotts Head Beach and Coffs Harbour Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House and Pet Porpoise Pool - Dolphin Marine Magic. Explore Coffs Harbour's surroundings by going to South West Rocks (Trial Bay Gaol & Smoky Cape Lighthouse). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Boambee Creek Reserve, take an in-depth tour of Coffs Harbour Regional Museum, and get great views at Forest Sky Pier.

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Fly from Sydney to Coffs Harbour in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Beaches

Side Trips

South West Rocks, Scotts Head Beach, Boambee Creek Reserve
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Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House
Trial Bay Gaol ©
Trial Bay Gaol
Smoky Cape Lighthouse ©
Smoky Cape Lighthouse

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lennox Head Beach and Whian Whian State Conservation Area. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Broken Head Beach and Belongil Beach. Next up on the itinerary: gear up at Gear Rentals, kick back and relax at Tallow Beach, look for gifts at Byron Bay Cookies Retail Store, and view the masterpieces at Thomgallery.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay driving holiday site .

Getting from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Broken Head, Whian Whian State Conservation Area, Lennox Head Beach
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Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach
Whian Whian State Conservation Area ©

3
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Burleigh Head National Park and Coolangatta Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kirra Beach and Tropical Fruit World. When in Gold Coast, make a side trip to see Fingal Head Lighthouse in Fingal Head, approximately 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Greenmount Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kurrawa Beach, tee off at Surfers Paradise Golf Club, and take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Climb.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast road trip site .

Getting from Byron Bay to Gold Coast by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Fingal Head Lighthouse, Tropical Fruit World
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

1
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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.
On the 22nd (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, explore and take pictures at Suncorp Stadium, and then take a leisurely stroll along Eagle Street Pier.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Brisbane tour itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Brisbane sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Wildlife, #Parks
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Suncorp Stadium
Suncorp Stadium
Eagle Street Pier ©
Eagle Street Pier

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