16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  26​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
The Entrance
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Nelson Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  28​h
End: Dublin

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Taronga Zoo, Home and Away Tours, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and other attractions. Visit Bondi Beach and Manly Beach for some beach relaxation. There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House and take a stroll through The Rocks.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary planning tool .

Dublin, Ireland to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Dublin to Sydney, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dublin in September, things will get a bit warmer in Sydney: highs are around 25°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Gosford.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Taronga Zoo
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

1
night
The Entrance

The Entrance ©
On the 26th (Thu), head outdoors with The Entrance Pelican Feed and then do a tasting at Firescreek Fruit Wines.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our The Entrance online travel route planner .

You can drive from Sydney to The Entrance in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Sydney in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 10°C in The Entrance. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Fri) before leaving for Nelson Bay.

Things to do in The Entrance

Outdoors Wineries

Side Trip

Firescreek Fruit Wines
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The Entrance Pelican Feed ©
The Entrance Pelican Feed

2
nights
Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. You've now added Dolphin & Whale Watching to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then visit a coastal fixture at Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve, then look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Reserve Mangrove Boardwalk, and finally don't miss a visit to Gan Gan Lookout.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Nelson Bay vacation maker .

Drive from Gosford to Nelson Bay in 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 10°C. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Koala Reserve Mangrove Boardwalk
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Koala Reserve Mangrove Boardwalk ©
Koala Reserve Mangrove Boardwalk
Gan Gan Lookout ©
Gan Gan Lookout

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.
On the 29th (Sun), make a trip to Breakwall Waking Path. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, then visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse, and then kick back and relax at Pilot Beach.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Port Macquarie trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nelson Bay to Port Macquarie takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Nelson Bay, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 13°C. On the 1st (Tue), you'll travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Pilot Beach
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Pilot Beach ©
Pilot Beach
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse

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.
On the 1st (Tue), kick back and relax at Belongil Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Byron Bay planner .

Traveling by car from Port Macquarie to Byron Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Port Macquarie in October, expect nights in Byron Bay to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast sightseeing site .

You can take a bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

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 4th (Fri), take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then try out the rides at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Roma Street Parkland and then stroll around South Bank Parklands.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane online travel route planner .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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