8 days in Australia Itinerary

8 days in Australia Itinerary

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8 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  21​h
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
End: Katoomba

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Australia Zoo, City Hall and Queensland Art Gallery. On the 3rd (Sun), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Australia Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, and then ponder the world of politics at City Hall.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane holiday builder website .

Minneapolis, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 16 hour difference. Traveling from Minneapolis in February, expect Brisbane to be warmer, temps between 83°F and 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Australia Zoo
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Burleigh Heads Beach. Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, and then hike along Cape Byron Walking Track.

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Getting from Brisbane to Byron Bay by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. February in Byron Bay sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Burleigh Heads Beach
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Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track

1
night
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 6th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Coffs Harbour Beach, identify plant and animal life at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, and then get great views at Forest Sky Pier.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Coffs Harbour trip builder app .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Byron Bay in February, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Coffs Harbour: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Coffs Harbour Beach ©
Coffs Harbour Beach
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House
Forest Sky Pier ©
Forest Sky Pier

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): hike along Googik heritage Trail, identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse, then explore the striking landscape of Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, and finally don't miss a visit to Breakwall Waking Path.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Port Macquarie trip maker tool .

You can drive from Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Coffs Harbour in February, you will find days in Port Macquarie are little chillier (71°F), and nights are about the same (67°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Myall Lakes National Park
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Myall Lakes National Park ©
Myall Lakes National Park
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse

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