8 days in Canberra & Byron Bay Itinerary

8 days in Canberra & Byron Bay Itinerary

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8 days in Canberra & Byron Bay Itinerary

Start: Canberra
1
Canberra
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Byron Bay
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Canberra

3
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Namadgi National Park and ANZAC Parade Walk. Get in touch with nature at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and National Rock Garden. Take a break from Canberra with a short trip to Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex in Paddys River, about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, explore the landscape on two wheels at Mr Spokes Bike Hire, contemplate the long history of Lanyon Homestead, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. John the Baptist Cathedral.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Canberra trip planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Canberra. In May, daily temperatures in Canberra can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Paddys River
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Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve ©
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Namadgi National Park ©
Namadgi National Park
ANZAC Parade Walk
ANZAC Parade Walk

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Main Beach Yamba and Lennox Head Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Pippi Beach and Belongil Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Byron Bay: Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah) and Hastings Point Headland (in Hastings Point). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and kick back and relax at Wategos Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay travel route planning site .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Canberra to Byron Bay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Canberra in May, expect Byron Bay to be somewhat warmer, temps between 27°C and 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Yamba, Hastings Point Headland, Lennox Head Beach, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach
Lennox Head Beach ©
Lennox Head Beach
Pippi Beach ©
Pippi Beach

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