26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  27​h
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Nelson Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
South West Rocks
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Bowraville
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Yamba
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Noosa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
10
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Manchester


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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.
Popular historic sites such as The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum are in your itinerary. You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Manchester, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Manchester to Sydney, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. August in Sydney sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

2
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, then take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, and finally wander the streets of Street Art Walk - by Street Art Murals Australia. Keep things going the next day: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bilpin Cider Company, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then admire the sheer force of Katoomba Cascades.

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Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Sydney in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 5°C in Katoomba. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Nelson Bay.

Things to do in Katoomba

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Bilpin Cider Company
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Bilpin Cider Company ©
Bilpin Cider Company
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
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 23rd (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours, then examine the collection at Port Stephens Shell Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Gan Gan Lookout. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Koala Reserve Mangrove Boardwalk, examine the collection at Fighter World, then visit a coastal fixture at Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve, then get a dose of the wild on Kangaroo Encounters Guided Tours, and finally look for gifts at Vomo the store.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Nelson Bay online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Katoomba to Nelson Bay by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Nelson Bay, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Port Stephens Shell Museum, Fighter World, Koala Reserve Mangrove Boardwalk
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Koala Reserve Mangrove Boardwalk ©
Koala Reserve Mangrove Boardwalk
Fighter World ©
Fighter World

1
night
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 25th (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse, then look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, and then see the interesting displays at Roto House.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie driving holiday planning site .

Drive from Nelson Bay to Port Macquarie in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Nelson Bay in August, you will find days in Port Macquarie are a bit cooler (14°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to South West Rocks.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse

2
nights
South West Rocks

Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum South West Rocks, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then visit a coastal fixture at Smoky Cape Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Trial Bay Gaol, contemplate the long history of German Monument, and then explore the striking landscape of Yarriabini National Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the South West Rocks sightseeing planner.

Getting from Port Macquarie to South West Rocks by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Port Macquarie in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in South West Rocks: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Bowraville.

Things to do in South West Rocks

Outdoors Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Yarriabini National Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Yarriabini National Park ©
Yarriabini National Park
Smoky Cape Lighthouse ©
Smoky Cape Lighthouse

1
night
Bowraville

Bowraville ©
Bowraville is a small town in the Mid North Coast hinterland of New South Wales, Australia in Nambucca Shire.The town is known for tourism with attractions such as a folk museum, a war museum, a historic theatre, and other historic buildings.Bowraville is considered one of the most disadvantaged towns in New South Wales with low income levels, high unemployment, and a high proportion of students not meeting education standards.On 5 November 2011 Bowraville was honoured as the Winner of the Cultural Heritage Award and came third overall in the Tidy Towns Awards by Keep Australia Beautiful - Tidy Towns.HistoryThe Indigenous Gumbaynggirr and Ngaku people have inhabited the area for thousands of years, and today around 15% of the population are Indigenous Australians. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): relax in the rural setting at Valley of the Mist, learn about all things military at Frank Partridge VC Military Museum, and then explore the world behind art at Bowraville Folk Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bowraville trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from South West Rocks to Bowraville in an hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yamba.

Things to do in Bowraville

Museums

Side Trip

Valley of the Mist
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Frank Partridge VC Military Museum ©
Frank Partridge VC Military Museum
Bowraville Folk Museum ©
Bowraville Folk Museum
Valley of the Mist ©
Valley of the Mist

2
nights
Yamba

Yamba ©
Yamba is a town in northern New South Wales, Australia at the mouth of the Clarence River. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Pippi Beach, look for gifts at Kitchen To Table Pty Ltd, and then examine the collection at New Italy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then enjoy the sea views from Clarence River Lighthouse.

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You can drive from Bowraville to Yamba in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Yamba

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

New Italy
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Pippi Beach ©
Pippi Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
New Italy ©
New Italy

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cape Byron Lighthouse and Hammer and Hand Byron Bay Jewellery and Metal Collective. Take a break from the city and head to Sundive Byron Bay and Kayaking & Canoeing. The adventure continues: trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, look for gifts at Byron Bay Cookies Retail Store, tour the pleasant surroundings at Belongil Beach, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay planning site .

You can drive from Yamba to Byron Bay in 2 hours. August in Byron Bay sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach
Sundive Byron Bay ©
Sundive Byron Bay
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

1
night
Noosa

Noosa
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Noosa trip planning site .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Noosa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. You'll set off for Brisbane on the 3rd (Tue).

Things to do in Noosa

Outdoors Tours Parks
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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.
Appreciate the collections at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art. Get some cultural insight at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Boggo Road Gaol (Jail). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, get in on the family fun at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane, wander the streets of Queen Street Mall, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel).

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Noosa to Brisbane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Brisbane are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

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