18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Gosford
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Coffs Harbour
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Yamba
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + train:  5​h 30​min
6
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Newcastle

5
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sydney attractions planner.

If you are flying in from South Korea, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In July, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Gosford.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

1
night
Gosford

Gosford ©
Gosford is a suburb located on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia, about 76 km north of the Sydney central business district. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Australian Reptile Park, explore the galleries of Gosford Regional Gallery, and then have some family-friendly fun at Clip 'N Climb.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Gosford trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Gosford takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Sydney in July, expect little chillier with lows of 3°C in Gosford. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Gosford

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
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Australian Reptile Park ©
Australian Reptile Park
Gosford Regional Gallery ©
Gosford Regional Gallery

2
nights
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 24th (Wed): make a trip to The Clog Barn, then appreciate the history behind The Big Banana Fun Park, and then get great views at Forest Sky Pier. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Dorrigo National Park, identify plant and animal life at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Coffs Harbour online attractions planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gosford to Coffs Harbour. Traveling from Gosford in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Coffs Harbour, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yamba.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Wildlife Spas

Side Trip

Dorrigo National Park
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Dorrigo National Park ©
Dorrigo National Park
Forest Sky Pier ©
Forest Sky Pier
The Big Banana Fun Park ©
The Big Banana Fun Park

2
nights
Yamba

Yamba ©
Yamba is a town in northern New South Wales, Australia at the mouth of the Clarence River. On the 26th (Fri), perfect your strike at Bowlo Leisure Centre and then head outdoors with Angourie Blue Pool. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Kitchen To Table Pty Ltd, play a few rounds at Yamba Golf and Country Club, and then kick back and relax at Pippi Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Yamba day trip app .

Drive from Coffs Harbour to Yamba in 2 hours. Traveling from Coffs Harbour in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Yamba, with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Yamba

Outdoors Fun & Games Beaches

Side Trip

Angourie Blue Pool
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 28:
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Angourie Blue Pool ©
Angourie Blue Pool
Pippi Beach ©
Pippi Beach
Yamba Golf and Country Club ©
Yamba Golf and Country Club

1
night
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 28th (Sun), admire all the interesting features of Ricardoes Tomatoes and U-Pick Strawberry Farm, enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse, then trek along Coastal walk, and finally don't miss a visit to Breakwall Waking Path. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Mrs York's Garden and then look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital.

To find maps and tourist information, go to the Port Macquarie trip maker tool .

You can drive from Yamba to Port Macquarie in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Yamba in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse

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.
On the 30th (Tue), observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, then stroll through Surfers Paradise Beach, and then get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast online travel route planner .

Do a combination of flight and train from Port Macquarie to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Port Macquarie in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Gold Coast, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 1:
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha and then get your game on at South Bank Parklands.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane route website .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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