47 days in Australia Itinerary

47 days in Australia Itinerary

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47 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  26​h
1
Brisbane
— 1 night
2
Noosa
— 5 nights
3
Brisbane
— 1 night
4
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
5
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Yamba
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Nambucca Heads
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
8
Newcastle
— 2 nights
9
Sydney
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Blue Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
11
Jindabyne
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
12
Thredbo Village
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
13
Lakes Entrance
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
14
Melbourne
— 10 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Amsterdam

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at GOMA and then kick back and relax at Dicky Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then take a stroll through Queen Street Mall.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip itinerary maker app .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Brisbane is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Brisbane, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in November, things will get warmer in Brisbane: highs are around 31°C and lows about 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Shopping Beaches

Side Trip

Dicky Beach
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 26:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art
Queen Street Mall ©
Queen Street Mall

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nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Take a break from the city and head to Noosa Main Beach and Peregian Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage and Art on Cairncross. Explore Noosa's surroundings by going to Sunshine Castle (in Bli Bli), Caloundra (Caloundra Regional Art Gallery & Queensland Air Museum) and Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach & Scuba & Snorkeling). There's lots more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at The Original Eumundi Markets, take a stroll through Hastings Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chenrezig Institute, and visit a coastal fixture at Caloundra Lighthouses.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Noosa day trip planning website .

You can drive from Brisbane to Noosa in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Castle, The Original Eumundi Markets, Art on Cairncross
Find places to stay Nov 26 — Dec 1:
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Brisbane trip planner .

Getting from Noosa to Brisbane by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 2:
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Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Newstead House ©
Newstead House
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens

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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.
On the 3rd (Mon), find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Oasis Shopping Centre, then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction, and finally examine the collection at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise.

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Drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Belongil Beach, view the masterpieces at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lennox Head Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Byron Bay trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Byron Bay can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yamba.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Lennox Head Beach
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 6:
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

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 7th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Main Beach Yamba, then stop by Kitchen To Table Pty Ltd, then see the interesting displays at Yamba Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pippi Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Spooky Beach, stop by Iguana Beachwear Gifts & Home Decor, and then see the interesting displays at New Italy.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Yamba trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Byron Bay to Yamba in 2 hours. December in Yamba sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Nambucca Heads.

Things to do in Yamba

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

New Italy, Iguana Beachwear Gifts & Home Decor, Spooky Beach
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:
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Pippi Beach ©
Pippi Beach
Spooky Beach ©
Spooky Beach
Iguana Beachwear Gifts & Home Decor ©

2
nights
Nambucca Heads

Nambucca Heads is a town on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia in Nambucca Shire. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Trial Bay Gaol, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum South West Rocks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to V-Wall, then explore the world behind art at Bowraville Folk Museum, then learn about all things military at Frank Partridge VC Military Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Scotts Head Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nambucca Heads road trip planning site .

Getting from Yamba to Nambucca Heads by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Yamba in December, expect nights in Nambucca Heads to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Newcastle.

Things to do in Nambucca Heads

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trips

South West Rocks, Bowraville, Scotts Head Beach
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Scotts Head Beach ©
Scotts Head Beach
Frank Partridge VC Military Museum ©

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nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
On the 11th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Fighter World, learn about winemaking at Peterson House, and then learn about winemaking at Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): do a tasting at Ernest Hill Wines, look for gifts at Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop - Hall of Food, then examine the collection at Newcastle Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Nobbys Beach.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Newcastle day trip planning website .

You can drive from Nambucca Heads to Newcastle in 4 hours. In December, daytime highs in Newcastle are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Newcastle

Wineries Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Pokolbin, Ernest Hill Wines, Fighter World
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 12:
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Peterson House ©
Peterson House
Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Ernest Hill Wines ©
Ernest Hill Wines

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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.
Visit Manly Beach and Seven Mile Beach National Park for some beach relaxation. Head to Sydney Fish Market and Gannon House Galleryfor plenty of shopping. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Featherdale Wildlife Park in Blacktown, approximately 46 minutes away. Spend the 17th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary site .

Getting from Newcastle to Sydney by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Blue Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Seven Mile Beach National Park, Featherdale Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 21:
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Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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Blue Mountains National Park

Blue Mountains National Park ©
This is the official community page for Blue Mountains National Park. On the 22nd (Sat), take in breathtaking views at Pulpit Rock Lookout, browse for treasures at Victory Theatre Antique Centre, then stop by The Candy Store Leura, then stop by The Nook, and finally browse the different shops at Leura Mall. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Dryridge Estate and then get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass.

Before you visit Blue Mountains National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Blue Mountains National Park takes 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Blue Mountains National Park are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Jindabyne.

Things to do in Blue Mountains National Park

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Leura, Dryridge Estate, Victory Theatre Antique Centre
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:
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The Candy Store Leura ©
The Candy Store Leura
Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout
Dryridge Estate ©
Dryridge Estate

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Jindabyne

Jindabyne ©
Jindabyne is a town in south-east New South Wales, Australia that overlooks Lake Jindabyne near the Snowy Mountains, in Snowy Monaro Regional Council. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): trot along with a tour on horseback, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Wildbrumby Thredbo Valley Distillery, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Jindabyne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at Mount Gladstone Lookout, then relax in the rural setting at Gaden Trout Hatchery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Perisher Blue Ski Resort.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Jindabyne trip itinerary planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Blue Mountains National Park to Jindabyne. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Blue Mountains National Park in December, with highs in Jindabyne at 27°C and lows at 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Thredbo Village.

Things to do in Jindabyne

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Mount Gladstone Lookout, Perisher Blue Ski Resort
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
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Lake Jindabyne ©
Lake Jindabyne
Gaden Trout Hatchery ©
Gaden Trout Hatchery

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Thredbo Village

Thredbo Village ©
On the 26th (Wed), hit the slopes at Thredbo Alpine Village and then take in the awesome beauty at Kosciuszko National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take a leisurely stroll along Snow Gums Boardwalk, pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Thredbo Valley Track.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Thredbo Village vacation maker website .

Thredbo Village is very close to Jindabyne. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in December, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Lakes Entrance.

Things to do in Thredbo Village

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Snow Gums Boardwalk, Catholic Church
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Kosciuszko National Park ©
Kosciuszko National Park
Thredbo Alpine Village ©
Thredbo Alpine Village
Catholic Church ©
Catholic Church

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Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance ©
Lakes Entrance is a seaside resort and fishing port in eastern Victoria, Australia. On the 28th (Fri), do a tasting at Nicholson River Winery, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's Catholic Church, and then explore the activities along Gippsland Lakes. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Griffiths' Sea Shell Museum & Marine Display, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakes Entrance Beach, then learn about winemaking at Wyanga Park Winery, and finally get your game on at Lakes Entrance Mini Golf and Trampolines.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lakes Entrance holiday maker .

You can drive from Thredbo Village to Lakes Entrance in 4.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Lakes Entrance can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Lakes Entrance

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Nicholson River Winery, St Mary's Catholic Church
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Gippsland Lakes ©
Gippsland Lakes
St Mary's Catholic Church ©
St Mary's Catholic Church
Lakes Entrance Beach ©
Lakes Entrance Beach

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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.
For shopping fun, head to Melbourne Central or Degraves Street. Get some historical perspective at Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol. Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (in Pearcedale) and The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay). Spend the 4th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, look for gifts at The Australian Natural Soap, enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online trip planner .

Drive from Lakes Entrance to Melbourne in 4 hours. December in Melbourne sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, The Great Ocean Road, St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 8:
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
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