13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Port Macquarie
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  5​h 30​min
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Noosa
— 3 nights
+3
bus + train + foot + Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
End: Sydney

2
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.
Get outdoors at Manly Beach and Clovelly. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Australian National Maritime Museum and The Rocks. And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney vacation planning tool .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Sydney. In March, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

3
nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Get outdoors at Coastal walk and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Your inner history buff will appreciate Tacking Point Lighthouse and Trial Bay Gaol. Explore Port Macquarie's surroundings by going to Scotts Head Beach (in Scotts Head) and Smoky Cape Lighthouse (in South West Rocks). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, admire the landmark architecture of Port Macquarie Historic Court House, and make a trip to Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Port Macquarie trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Port Macquarie takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Sydney in March, plan for little chillier days in Port Macquarie, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

South West Rocks, Scotts Head Beach
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Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Trial Bay Gaol ©
Trial Bay Gaol
Smoky Cape Lighthouse ©
Smoky Cape Lighthouse

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 17th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Burleigh Head National Park, then kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, then browse the exhibits of Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Climb. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Natural Bridge.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Port Macquarie to Gold Coast takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. While traveling from Port Macquarie, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Gold Coast, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trip

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge

3
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Visit Kings Beach and Maroochydore Beach for some beach relaxation. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Woodworks Museum & Interpretive Centre and Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage. Change things up with these side-trips from Noosa: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Mooloolaba) and Mount Ninderry (in Yandina). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Peregian Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Noosa River, and look for gifts at Peticular.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Noosa day trip app .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Noosa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Noosa

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Mount Ninderry, Maroochydore Beach, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, Kings Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Maroochydore Beach ©
Maroochydore Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then kick back and relax at Catseye Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, take in the exciting artwork at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, and then step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands National Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hamilton Island day trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus, train, and flight from Noosa to Hamilton Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands National Park
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Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Hamilton Island Art Gallery ©
Hamilton Island Art Gallery

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