18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
3
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Noosa
— 5 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  8​h 45​min
5
Palm Cove
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Vancouver

4
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Big Bus Sydney, Madame Tussauds Sydney, Sydney Jet, and other attractions you added. Get a sense of the local culture at Sydney Opera House and Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Bring the kids along to Bondi Beach and Australian National Maritime Museum. There's lots more to do: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Sydney is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Vancouver to Sydney, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, Sydney is little chillier than Vancouver - with highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): look for gifts at Silk Trees and Plants Quality Artificial Plants and then look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Port Macquarie takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in July, you will find days in Port Macquarie are little chillier (13°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Wildlife Parks Shopping
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital

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 17th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Wategos Beach and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Byron Bay trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Port Macquarie to Byron Bay in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Port Macquarie in July, expect nights in Byron Bay to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

5
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Attractions like Noosa Main Beach and Mooloolaba Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Get in touch with nature at Noosa National Park and Marcoola Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Noosa: Mooloolaba (HMAS Brisbane & Point Cartwright) and Caloundra (Queensland Air Museum & MaisyMoo). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Tewantin National Park, hunt for treasures at The Original Eumundi Markets, and get great views at Laguna Lookout.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Noosa travel planning website .

Getting from Byron Bay to Noosa by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Palm Cove.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Caloundra, Marcoola Beach, The Original Eumundi Markets
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Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Queensland Air Museum ©
Queensland Air Museum

4
nights
Palm Cove

Palm Cove ©
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
Bring the kids along to Trinity Beach and Daintree Discovery Centre. Visiting Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Mareeba Tropical Savannah and Wetland Reserve will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Golden Drop Mango Winery in Biboohra (about 48 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and look for gifts at Our Animals Our Earth.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Palm Cove road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, train, flight, and shuttle from Noosa to Palm Cove takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Palm Cove

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Daintree Discovery Centre, Our Animals Our Earth, Trinity Beach, Mareeba Tropical Savannah and Wetland Reserve, Golden Drop Mango Winery
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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