8 days in Australia Itinerary

8 days in Australia Itinerary

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8 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Byron Bay
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
3
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sydney planning tool .

Melbourne to Sydney is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in May: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 24°C and lows are around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

1
night
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 18th (Sat), head outdoors with Getaway Girls, trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Byron Bay trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Byron Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Byron Bay can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip maker site .

Traveling by bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then get your game on at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

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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

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