21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Newcastle
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Coffs Harbour
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Melbourne
— 3 nights
End: Melbourne

3
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Manly Beach and Bondi Beach. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Katoomba to see Wentworth Falls about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner.

If you are flying in from Finland, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In March, daytime highs in Sydney are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Wentworth Falls
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

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Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Explore hidden gems such as Jimmy's Beach and Redhead Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bennetts Beach and Newcastle Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Newcastle: Caves Beach (in Swansea) and Hanging Tree Wines (in Pokolbin). There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Fort Scratchley.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Newcastle route app .

Getting from Sydney to Newcastle by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Newcastle can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Newcastle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hawks Nest, Hanging Tree Wines, Redhead Beach, Caves Beach
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Caves Beach ©
Caves Beach
Redhead Beach ©
Redhead Beach
Bennetts Beach ©
Bennetts Beach

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Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Visit Scotts Head Beach and Diggers beach for some beach relaxation. Discover out-of-the-way places like Solitary Islands Coastal Walk and Coffs Creek Walk and Cycleway. The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Korora Lookout, do a tasting at Raleigh Vineyard & Winery, and tee off at Bonville Golf Resort.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Coffs Harbour trip site .

Traveling by car from Newcastle to Coffs Harbour takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or fly. In March, daytime highs in Coffs Harbour are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Two Tails Wines, Scotts Head Beach, Raleigh Vineyard & Winery
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Diggers Beach ©
Diggers Beach
Korora Lookout ©
Korora Lookout
Bonville Golf Resort ©
Bonville Golf Resort

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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 19th (Tue), take some stellar pictures from Broken Head Nature Reserve, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ainsworth, and then stroll through Wategos Beach. On your second day here, hike along Cape Byron Walking Track, get great views at Pat Morton Lookout, and then kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lennox Head, Broken Head Nature Reserve, Lighthouse Beach
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kirra Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Get in touch with nature at Natural Bridge and Kurrawa Beach. The adventure continues: stroll through Greenmount Beach, browse the different shops at Robina Town Shopping Centre, play a few rounds at Surfers Paradise Golf Club, and explore the world behind art at Watling Fine Art Galleries & Burleigh Framing.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and The Brisbane River. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Suncorp Stadium and State Library Of Queensland. And it doesn't end there: enjoy some diversion at South Bank Parklands, find something for the whole family at Wheel of Brisbane, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Moffat Beach.

To see ratings and more tourist information, use the Brisbane online tour planner .

Drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of the city life by going to Eastern Beach Reserve and Ocean Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Ballarat Wildlife Park and Fitzroy Gardens. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Brisbane to Melbourne in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Melbourne, with lows of 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Eastern Beach Reserve, Ballarat Wildlife Park, Ocean Beach
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

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