18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Bergen
Fly:  27​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Yamba
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Bergen

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks and then get interesting insight from Tours. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sydney day trip site .

Bergen, Norway to Sydney is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from Bergen to Sydney, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In November, Sydney is warmer than Bergen - with highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Neighborhoods Parks
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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nights
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
On the 12th (Mon), explore the activities along Wentworth Falls Lake, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, and then take in breathtaking views at Pulpit Rock Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Katoomba Falls, see the interesting displays at Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum, and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Katoomba trip planner .

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In November, daytime highs in Katoomba are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Wentworth Falls Lake, Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout

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Port Macquarie

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 14th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Port Macquarie Historic Court House, then identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at North Brother Mountain. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Thomas Anglican Church, do a tasting at Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze, then look for all kinds of wild species at Rocks Ferry Reserve, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Hastings River.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Macquarie tour itinerary site .

You can drive from Katoomba to Port Macquarie in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Katoomba in November, plan for little chillier days in Port Macquarie, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Wauchope, North Brother Mountain
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze ©
Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze
St Thomas Anglican Church ©
St Thomas Anglican Church

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.
On the 16th (Fri), learn about winemaking at Raleigh Vineyard & Winery, explore the landscape on two wheels at Coffs Creek Walk and Cycleway, then enjoy the sand and surf at Diggers beach, and finally take a peaceful walk through Korora Lookout.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Coffs Harbour road trip app .

You can drive from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Port Macquarie in November, you will find days in Coffs Harbour are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yamba.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Raleigh Vineyard & Winery
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Korora Lookout ©
Korora Lookout
Diggers Beach ©
Diggers Beach

1
night
Yamba

Yamba ©
Yamba is a town in northern New South Wales, Australia at the mouth of the Clarence River. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Witzig Gallery, then stroll through Iluka, then tour the water at your own pace with Yamba Pedal Boats, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Main Beach Yamba.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Yamba road trip planner.

Getting from Coffs Harbour to Yamba by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Coffs Harbour in November, you will find days in Yamba are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Yamba

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Iluka, Witzig Gallery
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Yamba Pedal Boats ©
Yamba Pedal Boats
Main Beach Yamba ©
Main Beach Yamba

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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.
On the 18th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Wategos Beach, enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ainsworth. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Hastings Point Headland, brush up on your military savvy at Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum, and then take some stellar pictures from Pat Morton Lookout.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Byron Bay holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Yamba to Byron Bay takes 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lennox Head, Hastings Point Headland, Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Pat Morton Lookout ©
Pat Morton Lookout
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

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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 20th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Natural Bridge. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of New Govardhana Australia and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast planning website .

Drive from Byron Bay to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in November, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

New Govardhana Australia
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
New Govardhana Australia ©
New Govardhana Australia

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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 (Thu), steep yourself in history at Boggo Road Gaol, then explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, then browse the collection at State Library Of Queensland, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel). Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Newstead House, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then take a stroll through West End.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Brisbane online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Wolston Farmhouse
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 24:
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Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) ©
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail)
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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