17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  28​h
1
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Tamborine Mountain
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Elimbah
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
7
Jervis Bay
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
8
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  27​h
End: Zurich

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, do a tasting at Raleigh Vineyard & Winery, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Urunga Wetlands Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Diggers beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Solitary Islands Coastal Walk.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Coffs Harbour travel planning tool .

Zurich, Switzerland to Coffs Harbour is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 9 hours. Traveling from Zurich in January, expect Coffs Harbour to be warmer, temps between 31°C and 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Raleigh Vineyard & Winery, Urunga Wetlands Boardwalk
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Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House
Diggers Beach ©
Diggers Beach
Urunga Wetlands Boardwalk ©
Urunga Wetlands Boardwalk

2
nights
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): kick back and relax at Lennox Head Beach, then get great views at Broken Head Nature Reserve, and then stroll through Broken Head Beach. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Thomgallery, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then kick back and relax at Belongil Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay trip app .

Traveling by car from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. January in Byron Bay sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tamborine Mountain.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Broken Head, Lennox Head Beach
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach

2
nights
Tamborine Mountain

Tamborine Mountain ©
On the 8th (Tue), kick back and relax at Kirra Beach and then stroll through Tugun Beach. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Glow Worm Caves, kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tamborine Mountain trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Tamborine Mountain takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, tram, and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Tamborine Mountain

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Gold Coast
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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.
On the 10th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then wander the streets of West End.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Brisbane visit planning site .

Getting from Tamborine Mountain to Brisbane by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Neighborhoods
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
West End ©
West End

2
nights
Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay ©
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
On the 11th (Fri), learn about winemaking at Ohana Winery & Exotic Fruits and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Esplanade. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum, learn about winemaking at Lychee Divine, then admire the landmark architecture of Customs House Interpretive Centre, and finally stroll through Burrum Heads Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hervey Bay trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Brisbane to Hervey Bay in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Elimbah.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Maryborough, Ohana Winery & Exotic Fruits, Burrum Heads Beach, Lychee Divine
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Esplanade ©
Esplanade
Lychee Divine ©
Lychee Divine
Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum ©

2
nights
Elimbah

Elimbah ©
On the 13th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Kings Beach and then kick back and relax at Bulcock Beach. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Kondalilla Falls, then view the masterpieces at Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, and then stroll through Mooloolaba Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Elimbah trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Hervey Bay to Elimbah in 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Elimbah can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Jervis Bay.

Things to do in Elimbah

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Mooloolaba Beach, Kondalilla Falls, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Bendalong Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Callala Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): stroll through Blenheim Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape St George Lighthouse, and then kick back and relax at Hyams Beach.

To see reviews and tourist information, use the Jervis Bay trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Elimbah to Jervis Bay. Traveling from Elimbah in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Jervis Bay, with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Canberra.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

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Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Old Parliament House, get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Canberra Rotary Peace Bell.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Canberra holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Jervis Bay to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Jervis Bay in January, Canberra is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Historic Sites
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Old Parliament House ©
Old Parliament House
Canberra Rotary Peace Bell ©
Canberra Rotary Peace Bell

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