24 days in Australia Itinerary

24 days in Australia Itinerary

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24 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Brisbane
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Coffs Harbour
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Bright
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Beechworth
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

7
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and Bulcock Beach. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Buderim Forest Park (in Buderim), Maroochydore Beach (in Maroochydore) and Caloundra Lighthouses (in Kings Beach). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, see the interesting displays at Queensland Maritime Museum, let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, and steep yourself in history at Boggo Road Gaol.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane trip planner .

San Francisco, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of subway and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 18 hours traveling from San Francisco to Brisbane. October in Brisbane sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Caloundra, Scuba & Snorkeling, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maroochydore Beach, Buderim Forest Park
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Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Buderim Forest Park ©
Buderim Forest Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): kick back and relax at Wategos Beach and then take in the exciting artwork at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Broken Head Nature Reserve, kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, then admire all the interesting features of Pat Morton Lookout, and finally explore the activities along Lake Ainsworth.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Byron Bay online itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Byron Bay takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Brisbane in October, expect little chillier with lows of 55°F in Byron Bay. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lennox Head, Broken Head Nature Reserve, Lighthouse Beach, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Pat Morton Lookout ©
Pat Morton Lookout

2
nights
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 11th (Fri): explore the activities along Urunga Wetlands Boardwalk and then identify plant and animal life at Boambee Creek Reserve. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Coffs Creek Walk and Cycleway, then learn about all things military at Frank Partridge VC Military Museum, and then kick back and relax at Scotts Head Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Coffs Harbour road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Byron Bay in October, you will find days in Coffs Harbour are slightly colder (75°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Frank Partridge VC Military Museum, Scotts Head Beach, Boambee Creek Reserve, Urunga Wetlands Boardwalk
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:
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Korora Lookout ©
Korora Lookout
Frank Partridge VC Military Museum ©
Urunga Wetlands Boardwalk ©
Urunga Wetlands Boardwalk

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.
Appreciate the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Australian Museum of Magical Arts. Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, admire the masterpieces at White Rabbit Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and take a stroll through The Rocks.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip maker app .

Fly from Coffs Harbour to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in October, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Bright.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Bright

Bright ©
Bright is a town in northeastern Victoria, Australia, 319 metres above sea level at the southeastern end of the Ovens Valley. On the 17th (Thu), hike along Valley View Walking Trail, then take in the exciting artwork at Sew Bright Alpine Quilting, then explore the stunning scenery at Canyon Walk, and finally experience rural life at Pumpkin Seeds Australia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then look for gifts at Noofies, then see the interesting displays at Falls Creek Museum, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Mount Beauty Bike Tracks.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bright trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sydney to Bright. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect Bright to be little chillier, temps between 71°F and 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Beechworth.

Things to do in Bright

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Mount Beauty Bike Tracks, Falls Creek Museum, Pumpkin Seeds Australia
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 18:
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Canyon Walk ©
Canyon Walk
Parasailing & Paragliding
Falls Creek Museum ©
Falls Creek Museum

2
nights
Beechworth

Beechworth ©
A town that appeared during the gold rush in the 1850s, Beechworth is a well-preserved example of Victorian expansionism.
On the 19th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Beechworth Historic Courthouse, take in the exciting artwork at Sluga Gallery, then take an in-depth tour of Yackandandah Museum, and finally make a trip to Beechworth Historical Precinct. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mt. Pilot National Park.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Beechworth driving holiday tool .

Getting from Bright to Beechworth by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in October, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Melbourne.

Things to do in Beechworth

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yackandandah, Mt. Pilot National Park
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:
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Beechworth Historic Courthouse ©
Beechworth Historic Courthouse
Yackandandah Museum ©
Yackandandah Museum
Beechworth Historical Precinct ©
Beechworth Historical Precinct

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get some historical perspective at Shrine of Remembrance and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Museum-lovers will get to explore Art Gallery of Ballarat and Sovereign Hill. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Hepburn Lagoon - Trail Rides (in Hepburn Springs) and Ballarat Wildlife Park (in Ballarat). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Paul's Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip maker tool .

You can drive from Beechworth to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In October in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Ballarat, Hepburn Lagoon - Trail Rides
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 24:
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Art Gallery of Ballarat ©
Art Gallery of Ballarat
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

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