8 days in Australia Itinerary

8 days in Australia Itinerary

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8 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  8​h
1
Brisbane
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
2
Gold Coast
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
3
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Port Macquarie
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Newcastle
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Perth

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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.
On the 18th (Fri), kick back and relax at Moffat Beach and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane route maker site .

Perth to Brisbane is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Brisbane. When traveling from Perth in January, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Brisbane: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

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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 19th (Sat), get in on the family fun at Sea World Theme Park.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast tour itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): hike along Cape Byron Walking Track and then enjoy the sand and surf at Wategos Beach.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay holiday maker tool .

You can take a bus from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track

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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 21st (Mon): pause for some photo ops at The Big Banana, then enjoy the sand and surf at Diggers beach, and then take some stellar pictures from Forest Sky Pier.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Coffs Harbour vacation builder .

Getting from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Byron Bay in January, plan for slightly colder days in Coffs Harbour, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Diggers Beach ©
Diggers Beach
The Big Banana Fun Park ©
The Big Banana Fun Park
Forest Sky Pier ©
Forest Sky Pier

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hours
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Macquarie online tour planner .

Drive from Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Coffs Harbour in January, you will find days in Port Macquarie are little chillier (26°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). You will leave for Newcastle on the 21st (Mon).

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): stroll through Speers Point Park, then take in the pleasant sights at Newcastle Memorial Walk, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nobbys Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Newcastle trip maker site .

You can drive from Port Macquarie to Newcastle in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Port Macquarie in January, expect nights in Newcastle to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Speers Point Park
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Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Speers Point Park ©
Speers Point Park
Newcastle Memorial Walk ©
Newcastle Memorial Walk

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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.
On the 23rd (Wed), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, then stroll through Clovelly, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and finally hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Darling Harbour and then kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Newcastle to Sydney takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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