21 days in Brisbane & Byron Bay Itinerary

21 days in Brisbane & Byron Bay Itinerary

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21 days in Brisbane & Byron Bay Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Brisbane
— 12 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Byron Bay
— 8 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Sydney

12
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford), Australia Zoo (in Beerwah) and Surfers Paradise (Surfers Paradise Beach, SkyPoint Observation Deck, & more). There's much more to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip planner .

Sydney to Brisbane is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. December in Brisbane sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Mooloolaba, Woody Point Jetty, Australia Zoo
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 30:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

8
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Byron Bay: Norries Head (in Cabarita), Watersports Guru (in Kingscliff) and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah). There's much more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Belongil Beach, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and relax in the rural setting at The Farm Byron Bay.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Byron Bay day trip website .

Drive from Brisbane to Byron Bay in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Byron Bay when traveling from Brisbane in December, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Yamba, Broken Head, Watersports Guru, Norries Head, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 7:
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Watersports Guru ©
Watersports Guru
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track

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