8 days in Australia Itinerary

8 days in Australia Itinerary

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8 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Townsville
Drive:  18​h 15​min
1
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Noosa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Townsville

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): kick back and relax at Burleigh Head National Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Natural Bridge.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip itinerary builder tool .

Townsville to Gold Coast is an approximately 18.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Townsville in April, with highs in Gold Coast at 30°C and lows at 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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 22nd (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ainsworth, identify plant and animal life at Pat Morton Lookout, then enjoy the sand and surf at Wategos Beach, and finally enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay online vacation planner .

Traveling by bus from Gold Coast to Byron Bay takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Byron Bay, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Lennox Head
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Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Pat Morton Lookout ©
Pat Morton Lookout
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

1
night
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Marcoola Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Point Cartwright, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Buderim Forest Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Noosa trip itinerary website .

Drive from Byron Bay to Noosa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Point Cartwright, Buderim Forest Park, Marcoola Beach
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Buderim Forest Park ©
Buderim Forest Park
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Boggo Road Gaol (Jail), then explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel), and finally wander the streets of Queen Street Mall.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Noosa to Brisbane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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Queen Street Mall ©
Queen Street Mall
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) ©
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail)

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