9 days in Australia Itinerary

9 days in Australia Itinerary

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9 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Brisbane


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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Moffat Beach and Shorncliffe Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at The Workshops Rail Museum and West End. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel), don't miss a visit to Cathedral Square, and kick back and relax at Dicky Beach.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane attractions planner.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are Brisbane International Airport and Gold Coast Airport. December in Brisbane sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Caloundra, The Workshops Rail Museum
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The Workshops Rail Museum ©
The Workshops Rail Museum
Queensland Maritime Museum ©
Queensland Maritime Museum

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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 17th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at David Fleay Wildlife Park, then kick back and relax at Greenmount Beach, and then appreciate the history behind Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, then steep yourself in history at Tweed Regional Museum - Murwillumbah, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Govardhana Australia.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Gold Coast trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

New Govardhana Australia, Tweed Regional Museum - Murwillumbah
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New Govardhana Australia ©
New Govardhana Australia
Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach
David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park

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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.
On the 19th (Wed), kick back and relax at Wategos Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ainsworth. On your second day here, get great views at Pat Morton Lookout, then kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, then kick back and relax at Lennox Head Beach, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Hammer and Hand Byron Bay Jewellery and Metal Collective.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Byron Bay trip planner .

Getting from Gold Coast to Byron Bay by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lennox Head, Lighthouse Beach
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Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Pat Morton Lookout ©
Pat Morton Lookout

1
night
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take the plunge with a skydiving experience, admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia, then brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Cairns Art Gallery and then explore the striking landscape at Babinda Boulders.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Byron Bay in December since evenings lows in Cairns dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Adventure Museums

Side Trip

Babinda Boulders
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Skydiving
Babinda Boulders ©
Babinda Boulders

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