24 days in Australia Itinerary

24 days in Australia Itinerary

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24 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  6​h 45​min
2
Maleny
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Noosa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Woolgoolga
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Pokolbin
— 2 nights
+2
train + Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
7
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  21​h
End: Calgary

5
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, make a trip to Sydney Opera House, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip app .

Calgary, Canada to Sydney is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Calgary to Sydney, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Calgary in July, expect Sydney to be a bit cooler, temps between 21°C and 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Maleny.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Neighborhoods
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Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

2
nights
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Ngungun and then hike along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kondalilla Falls, and then learn about winemaking at Maleny Mountain Wines.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Maleny trip maker .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Sydney to Maleny in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July in Maleny, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Maleny

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Kondalilla Falls, Mount Ngungun
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Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Mount Ngungun ©
Mount Ngungun

3
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Change things up with a short trip to The Ginger Factory in Yandina (about 34 minutes away). Spend the 17th (Wed) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach, get great views at Laguna Lookout, wander the streets of Hastings Street, and browse the eclectic array of goods at The Original Eumundi Markets.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Noosa trip website .

You can drive from Maleny to Noosa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Eumundi, The Ginger Factory
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
The Original Eumundi Markets ©
The Original Eumundi Markets

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): explore and take pictures at The Farm Byron Bay, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, then trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then stop by Byron Bay Cookies Retail Store.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Byron Bay driving holiday website .

Traveling by car from Noosa to Byron Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In July in Byron Bay, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Woolgoolga.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Woolgoolga

Woolgoolga ©
Woolgoolga is a town on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take a peaceful walk through Wedding Bells State Forest.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Woolgoolga route planner.

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Woolgoolga takes 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time for travel to Pokolbin.

Things to do in Woolgoolga

Parks Nature
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Wedding Bells State Forest ©
Wedding Bells State Forest

2
nights
Pokolbin

Pokolbin ©
With its first vineyards established in the mid 19th century, wine tourism in Pokolbin remains a major draw.
On the 23rd (Tue), learn about winemaking at Peterson House, look for all kinds of wild species at Blackbutt Reserve, and then take in the pleasant sights at Newcastle Memorial Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Leogate Estate Wines, admire the natural beauty at Hunter Valley Gardens, do a tasting at Lucy's Run Wines, then do a tasting at Ernest Hill Wines, and finally learn about winemaking at Ivanhoe Wines.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Pokolbin route builder .

Drive from Woolgoolga to Pokolbin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. July in Pokolbin sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Pokolbin

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Newcastle, Ernest Hill Wines, Lucy's Run Wines
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Peterson House ©
Peterson House
Newcastle Memorial Walk ©
Newcastle Memorial Walk
Ivanhoe Wines ©
Ivanhoe Wines

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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around South Bank Parklands, have some family-friendly fun at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Pokolbin to Brisbane by combination of train, flight, and bus takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Brisbane when traveling from Pokolbin in July, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
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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

3
nights
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.
Spend the 29th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, cool off at Dreamworld, get outside with Pelican Feeding, and kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast route planning app .

Drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

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