49 days in Australia Itinerary

49 days in Australia Itinerary

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49 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  26​h
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
2
Agnes Water
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Maryborough
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Noosa
— 4 nights
6
Brisbane
— 4 nights
7
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Yamba
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Woolgoolga
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
11
Coffs Harbour
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
12
Nambucca Heads
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
13
Port Macquarie
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
14
Nelson Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
15
Newcastle
— 3 nights
16
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Manchester

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 in touch with nature at The Great Ocean Road and Melbourne Zoo. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at St. Kilda Beach and Sandridge Beach. Step out of Melbourne to go to Werribee and see Werribee Open Range Zoo, which is approximately 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, choose your vessel at Melbourne Boat Hire, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary planner .

Manchester, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from Manchester in December, expect nights in Melbourne to be a bit warmer, around 14°C, while days are much hotter, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Agnes Water.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, The Great Ocean Road, St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

1
day
Agnes Water

Agnes Water
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): kick back and relax at Chinamans Beach and then kick back and relax at Agnes Water Main Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Agnes Water trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Melbourne to Agnes Water with the Route module. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in December; daily highs in Agnes Water reach 36°C and lows reach 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Agnes Water

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Escape the urban bustle at Lake McKenzie and Seventy-Five Mile Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Indian Head and Eli Creek.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Fraser Island route planner.

You can drive from Agnes Water to Fraser Island in 6 hours. In December, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Maryborough.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

2
nights
Maryborough

Maryborough ©
Maryborough is a city located on the Mary River in Queensland, Australia, approximately 255km north of the state capital, Brisbane. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): tour the stables at Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort, admire the engineering at Lenthalls Dam, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's Church and Bell Tower. On the next day, kick back and relax at Burrum Heads Beach and then take in nature's colorful creations at Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Maryborough online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fraser Island to Maryborough takes 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Maryborough

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads Beach
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Burrum Heads Beach ©
Burrum Heads Beach
Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens ©
Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens

4
nights
Noosa

Noosa
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
We've included these beaches for you: Noosa Main Beach and Marcoola Beach. Get outdoors at Noosa National Park and Mount Coolum. Get out of town with these interesting Noosa side-trips: Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage (in Buderim), Mooloolaba (HMAS Brisbane, Mooloolaba Beach, & more) and Kings Beach (in Caloundra). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Belmondos Organic Market and get great views at Laguna Lookout.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Noosa tour planner .

Getting from Maryborough to Noosa by car takes about 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, Mount Coolum, Kings Beach, Marcoola Beach
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Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Australia Zoo. There's much more to do: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and admire all the interesting features of Suncorp Stadium.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip planner.

Drive from Noosa to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Outdoors

Side Trip

Australia Zoo
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
The Brisbane River
The Brisbane River

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Surfer's Paradise Beach and Coolangatta Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Burleigh Head National Park and Burleigh Heads Beach. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park, take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and stroll through Kirra Beach.

Plan trip to Gold Coast with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
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.
On the 17th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Tallow Beach, then trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wategos Beach. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Lennox Head Beach, and then kick back and relax at Broken Head Beach.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay trip site .

Getting from Gold Coast to Byron Bay by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. January in Byron Bay sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yamba.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Broken Head Beach, Lighthouse Beach, Lennox Head Beach
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Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach

1
night
Yamba

Yamba ©
Yamba is a town in northern New South Wales, Australia at the mouth of the Clarence River. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): try for a hole-in-one at Bowlo Leisure Centre, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pippi Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Spooky Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Yamba travel route planning site .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Yamba in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Woolgoolga.

Things to do in Yamba

Fun & Games Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Spooky Beach
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Bowlo Leisure Centre ©
Bowlo Leisure Centre
Pippi Beach ©
Pippi Beach
Spooky Beach ©
Spooky Beach

1
night
Woolgoolga

Woolgoolga ©
Woolgoolga is a town on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): tee off at Woolgoolga Golf Course and then take a peaceful walk through Wedding Bells State Forest.

Planning Woolgoolga trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Yamba to Woolgoolga takes 1.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Yamba in January: highs in Woolgoolga hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Woolgoolga

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Wedding Bells State Forest ©
Wedding Bells State Forest

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Ulidarra National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, then kick back and relax at Coffs Harbour Beach, and then stroll through Diggers beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Coffs Harbour holiday planner .

Coffs Harbour is just a short distance from Woolgoolga. January in Coffs Harbour sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Nambucca Heads.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House
Ulidarra National Park ©
Ulidarra National Park
Diggers beach ©
Diggers beach

1
night
Nambucca Heads

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 23rd (Wed): kick back and relax at Shelly Beach, hike along Nyambagga Walking Trail, then relax in the rural setting at Valley of the Mist, and finally stroll through Scotts Head Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nambucca Heads trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Coffs Harbour to Nambucca Heads in an hour. In January, daytime highs in Nambucca Heads are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Nambucca Heads

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Valley of the Mist, Scotts Head Beach
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 23:
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Scotts Head Beach ©
Scotts Head Beach
Valley of the Mist ©
Valley of the Mist
Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach

4
nights
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 itinerary includes some good beach time at Hat Head National Park and Saltwater National Park. Visiting Koala Hospital and Pilot Beach will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Coastal walk and look for all kinds of wild species at Googik heritage Trail.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie day trip app .

Drive from Nambucca Heads to Port Macquarie in 1.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Nambucca Heads in January: highs in Port Macquarie hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nelson Bay.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Boorganna Nature Reserve, Saltwater National Park, Pilot Beach, Hat Head National Park
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 27:
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Hat Head National Park ©
Hat Head National Park
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Saltwater National Park ©
Saltwater National Park

2
nights
Nelson Bay

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 28th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Zenith Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Tomaree Head, and then identify plant and animal life at Koala Reserve Mangrove Boardwalk. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Gan Gan Lookout, tour the pleasant surroundings at Box Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Fingal Bay Beach.

To see ratings and more tourist information, you can read our Nelson Bay trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Port Macquarie to Nelson Bay in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Port Macquarie, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Nelson Bay, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Newcastle.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Shoal Bay, Fingal Bay Beach, Koala Reserve Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 29:
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Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Zenith Beach ©
Zenith Beach
Fingal Bay Beach ©
Fingal Bay Beach

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Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Step out of the city life by going to Blacksmiths Beach and Newcastle Beach. Visit Nobbys Beach and Merewether Beach for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Redhead Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Glenrock Lagoon, enjoy the sand and surf at Dudley Beach, and go for a walk through Newcastle Memorial Walk.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Newcastle travel route builder .

Drive from Nelson Bay to Newcastle in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Newcastle are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Blacksmiths Beach, Redhead Beach
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Blacksmiths Beach ©
Blacksmiths Beach
Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Redhead Beach ©
Redhead Beach

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. You'll get in some beach time at Manly Beach and Freshwater Beach. Step out of Sydney to go to Manly and see Shelly Beach, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Spend the 6th (Wed) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Newcastle to Sydney by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In February in Sydney, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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