23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  25​h
1
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Kangaroo Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Barcelona

3
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Woodstock Wine Estate. On the 14th (Sun), learn about winemaking at Woodstock Wine Estate, then take an in-depth tour of South Australian Museum, then explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia, and finally identify plant and animal life at Cleland Wildlife Park. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at The Islander Estate Vineyards and then kick back and relax at Island Beach.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Adelaide trip itinerary planning tool .

Barcelona, Spain to Adelaide is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) is 8 hours. Traveling from Barcelona in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Adelaide, with lows of 13°C. On the 16th (Tue), you'll travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Kangaroo Island, Woodstock Wine Estate, Cleland Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:
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Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Art Gallery of South Australia ©
Art Gallery of South Australia
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum

1
night
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, then take in panoramic vistas at Cape du Couedic Lighthouse, and then explore the striking landscape at Admirals Arch.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kangaroo Island visit planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 17:
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Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
Admirals Arch ©
Admirals Arch
Cape du Couedic Lighthouse ©
Cape du Couedic Lighthouse

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Gallery of Victoria and Shrine of Remembrance. Step out of the city life by going to Eastern Beach Reserve and Healesville Sanctuary. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, wander the streets of Degraves Street, and contemplate the long history of St. Patrick's Cathedral.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. In October in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Eastern Beach Reserve, Healesville Sanctuary
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 20:
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Healesville Sanctuary ©
Healesville Sanctuary
Degraves Street ©
Degraves Street

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 21st (Sun), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Catseye Beach, and then head outdoors with Jetryder. Keep things going the next day: play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hamilton Island day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Hamilton Island takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry. When traveling from Melbourne in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Hamilton Island, with highs around 31°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

2
nights
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 26th (Fri): explore the activities along Hastings River and then look for all kinds of wild species at Rocks Ferry Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at The Slim Dusty Centre and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at North Brother Mountain.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie online trip builder .

You can fly from Sydney to Port Macquarie in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Sydney in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Rocks Ferry Reserve, North Brother Mountain, The Slim Dusty Centre
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:
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Hastings River ©
Hastings River
Rocks Ferry Reserve ©
Rocks Ferry Reserve

3
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.
Visiting Lennox Head Beach and Broken Head Nature Reserve will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Tugun Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Byron Bay side-trips: David Fleay Wildlife Park (in West Burleigh), Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum (in Ballina) and Greenmount Beach (in Coolangatta). Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Pat Morton Lookout.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Byron Bay trip planner .

You can drive from Port Macquarie to Byron Bay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Port Macquarie in October: highs in Byron Bay hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Lennox Head, Broken Head Nature Reserve, Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach
David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Dicky Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Queensland Art Gallery and Queensland Maritime Museum. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, take in the views from Story Bridge, take a stroll through West End, and see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Brisbane online route planner .

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Brisbane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Byron Bay in October since evenings lows in Brisbane dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Caloundra
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
West End ©
West End
Queensland Maritime Museum ©
Queensland Maritime Museum

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bondi Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Speed Boats Tours. The adventure continues: take a stroll through The Rocks, kick back and relax at Camp Cove, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney route planning site .

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Sydney are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 2:
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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