23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Warrnambool
Drive:  2​h 30​min
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Apollo Bay
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h
3
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Newcastle
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Coffs Harbour
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
10
Rockhampton
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
11
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
12
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  37​h
End: Warrnambool

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Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. You've now added Mait's Rest to your itinerary. On the 1st (Tue), take a peaceful walk through Mait's Rest.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Apollo Bay day trip planning app .

Warrnambool to Apollo Bay is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Trails Outdoors Nature
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Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Royal Botanic Gardens as well as Brighton Beach. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Brighton Beach and then walk around Royal Botanic Gardens.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Melbourne itinerary planner .

Drive from Apollo Bay to Melbourne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Brighton Beach
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Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

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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.
You've added Sydney Opera House, Manly Beach, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

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

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 21°C. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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night
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Newcastle Ocean Baths as well as Merewether Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Newcastle trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Sydney to Newcastle in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Newcastle can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Newcastle

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Merewether Beach ©
Merewether Beach
Newcastle Ocean Baths ©
Newcastle Ocean Baths

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Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Aqua Vitae Day Spa, Hastings River and Coastal walk. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): hike along Coastal walk and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hastings River.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Port Macquarie day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Newcastle to Port Macquarie takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Newcastle in December, plan for slightly colder days in Port Macquarie, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Hastings River ©
Hastings River

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Diggers Beach, Twilight Food Market - Coffs Harbour and Yuraygir National Park. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): hunt for treasures at Twilight Food Market - Coffs Harbour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yuraygir National Park.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Coffs Harbour trip website .

Traveling by car from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Port Macquarie in December, expect nights in Coffs Harbour to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. On the 10th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Yuraygir National Park
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Diggers Beach ©
Diggers Beach

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Broken Head Beach, Sundive Byron Bay, Tallow Beach, and other attractions you added. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wategos Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tallow Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Broken Head Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Byron Bay trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Coffs Harbour, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Byron Bay, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for the bus ride to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Broken Head Beach
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Sundive Byron Bay ©
Sundive Byron Bay
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Tallow Beach ©
Tallow 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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Greenmount Beach, Kirra Beach and Kurrawa Beach. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kurrawa Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast attractions planner .

Traveling by bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Noosa Chocolate Factory as well as Scuba & Snorkeling.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Brisbane trip builder .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Brisbane are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Noosa Chocolate Factory ©
Noosa Chocolate Factory

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Rockhampton

Rockhampton
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
You've now added Skydive Capricorn to your itinerary.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rockhampton day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Rockhampton takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Brisbane in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Rockhampton, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Outdoors Tours
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Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bicentennial Walkway, Heart Reef and Whitsunday Bullet.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rockhampton to Airlie Beach takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rockhampton in December, you will find days in Airlie Beach are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Wildlife Transportation
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Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Bicentennial Walkway ©
Bicentennial Walkway
Whitsunday Bullet ©
Whitsunday Bullet

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Cairns

Cairns ©
A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Shark Diving, Josephine Falls, Michaelmas Cay, and other attractions. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands and then head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Cairns by combination of ferry and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. December in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Nature
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Shark Diving
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls