22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
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Brisbane
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
2
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Murwillumbah
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
5
Lennox Head
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Yamba
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Nelson Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
9
Newcastle
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
10
Sydney
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
11
Canberra
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
12
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
13
Princetown
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
14
Mount Gambier
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
15
Birdwood
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
16
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Drive:  22​h 45​min
End: Brisbane

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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): admire all the interesting features of Suncorp Stadium, examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, then examine the collection at Museum of Brisbane, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Brisbane. In December, daytime highs in Brisbane are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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Museum of Brisbane ©
Museum of Brisbane
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): browse the different shops at Robina Town Shopping Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, and then get some fabulous bargains at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Murwillumbah.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Shopping Beaches Outdoors
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre ©

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Murwillumbah

Murwillumbah ©
Murwillumbah is a town in far north-eastern New South Wales, Australia, in the Tweed Shire, on the Tweed River, 848 km north-east of Sydney, 13 km south of the Queensland border and 132 km south of Brisbane. On the 23rd (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Govardhana Australia and then explore the galleries of Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Murwillumbah visit planner.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Murwillumbah takes an hour. December in Murwillumbah sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Murwillumbah

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

New Govardhana Australia
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New Govardhana Australia ©
New Govardhana Australia

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Thomgallery, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then view the masterpieces at Jules Hunt Studio Gallery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Belongil Beach.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay trip planner .

You can drive from Murwillumbah to Byron Bay in an hour. In December, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Lennox Head.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Tours Beaches
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach
Thomgallery ©
Thomgallery

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Lennox Head

Lennox Head ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ainsworth, kick back and relax at Lennox Head Beach, and then get great views at Pat Morton Lookout.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Lennox Head itinerary maker website .

Lennox Head is just a short distance from Byron Bay. In December, daytime highs in Lennox Head are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yamba.

Things to do in Lennox Head

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Lennox Head Beach ©
Lennox Head Beach
Pat Morton Lookout ©
Pat Morton Lookout
Lake Ainsworth ©
Lake Ainsworth

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Yamba

Yamba ©
Yamba is a town in northern New South Wales, Australia at the mouth of the Clarence River. On the 26th (Wed), take a tour by water with Yamba Pedal Boats, enjoy the sand and surf at Spooky Beach, kick back and relax at Pippi Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Turners Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Main Beach Yamba.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Yamba vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Lennox Head to Yamba in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Yamba

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Spooky Beach
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Turners Beach ©
Turners Beach
Pippi Beach ©
Pippi Beach
Main Beach Yamba ©
Main Beach Yamba

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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Pet Porpoise Pool - Dolphin Marine Magic, then look for all kinds of wild species at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Diggers beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Coffs Harbour trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Yamba to Coffs Harbour in 2 hours. When traveling from Yamba in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Coffs Harbour, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nelson Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House
Dolphin Marine Conservation Park ©
Dolphin Marine Conservation Park
Diggers Beach ©
Diggers Beach

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Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stop by Port Stephens Community Art Centre, and then identify plant and animal life at Tomaree Head.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nelson Bay online journey builder .

Drive from Coffs Harbour to Nelson Bay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. In December, daytime highs in Nelson Bay are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Tomaree Head
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Port Stephens Community Art Centre ©

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): examine the collection at Newcastle Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nobbys Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Blackbutt Reserve.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Newcastle trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Nelson Bay to Newcastle by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Newcastle Museum ©
Newcastle Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take a stroll through Darling Harbour, don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, and then wander the streets of The Rocks.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney day trip planner .

Drive from Newcastle to Sydney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nightlife
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and then stroll through ANZAC Parade Walk. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Lanyon Homestead, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, then engage your brain at Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Canberra Rotary Peace Bell.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Canberra road trip planner .

You can drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Canberra when traveling from Sydney in December, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, Bungendore Wood Works Gallery
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve ©
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

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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.
On the 3rd (Thu), examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): take a stroll through Melbourne Central, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St Paul's Cathedral.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne travel planner.

Fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in January, expect nights in Melbourne to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are little chillier, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Princetown.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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Princetown

Princetown ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): head outdoors with The Arch and then take some stellar pictures from Loch Ard Gorge.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Princetown travel planning tool .

You can drive from Melbourne to Princetown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mount Gambier.

Things to do in Princetown

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Port Campbell
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Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
The Arch ©
The Arch

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Mount Gambier

Mount Gambier ©
The most popular sites in Mount Bambier are the caves, where you can go cave diving.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): relax in the rural setting at Echo Farm, then contemplate the long history of Petticoat Lane, then contemplate the long history of Sharam Cottage, and finally get outside with Lake McIntyre. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Centenary Tower, examine the collection at Donald & Sheila Feast's Classic Car Collection & memorabilia, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Piccaninnie Ponds Conservation Park.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mount Gambier day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Princetown to Mount Gambier takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. January in Mount Gambier sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Birdwood.

Things to do in Mount Gambier

Museums Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Penola, Donald & Sheila Feast's Classic Car Collection & memorabilia, Lake McIntyre
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:
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Echo Farm ©
Echo Farm
Sharam Cottage ©
Sharam Cottage

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Birdwood

Birdwood ©
Birdwood is a town near Adelaide, South Australia. Discover how to plan a Birdwood trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mount Gambier to Birdwood. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mount Gambier in January: high temperatures in Birdwood hover around 35°C and lows are around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Birdwood

Historic Sites Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Johnston Oakbank Cellar Door, Melba's Chocolate & Confectionery
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Melba's Chocolate & Confectionery ©

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Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
On the 8th (Tue), kick back and relax at Semaphore Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Waterfall Gully, then examine the collection at National Railway Museum Port Adelaide, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Henley Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Adelaide trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Birdwood to Adelaide in an hour. In January, daily temperatures in Adelaide can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Henley Beach, Semaphore Beach, National Railway Museum Port Adelaide
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Henley Beach ©
Henley Beach
Carrick Hill ©
Carrick Hill

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