13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Drive:  1​h 15​min
1
Wilberforce
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Wallerawang
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Dubbo
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Gatton
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Newcastle
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
End: Sydney

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day
Wilberforce

Wilberforce ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): have some family-friendly fun at Planet X Entertainment, view the masterpieces at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at Hawkesbury Regional Museum, and finally get your game on at Butterfly Farm: Indy 800 Kart Track.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Wilberforce trip builder app .

Sydney to Wilberforce is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Wilberforce

Fun & Games Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Windsor, Planet X Entertainment
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Butterfly Farm: Indy 800 Kart Track ©
Planet X Entertainment ©
Planet X Entertainment
Hawkesbury Regional Museum ©
Hawkesbury Regional Museum

3
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Pulpit Rock Lookout. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, hike along The Giant Stairway, make a trip to Gallery Blackheath, and admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Katoomba trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Wilberforce to Katoomba takes 1.5 hours. In December in Katoomba, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Wallerawang.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Blackheath, Blue Mountains National Park, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, South Lawson Waterfall Circuit
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The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway

1
night
Wallerawang

Wallerawang ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): examine the collection at Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum, get engrossed in the history at Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park, and then explore the activities along Lake Wallace.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Wallerawang trip planner .

Getting from Katoomba to Wallerawang by car takes about an hour. In December, daytime highs in Wallerawang are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Dubbo.

Things to do in Wallerawang

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lithgow
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Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park ©
Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park
Lake Wallace ©
Lake Wallace
Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum ©
Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum

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Dubbo

Dubbo ©
Visit the city of Dubbo, the most populous urban area in the Orana Region, for an exciting and thriving multicultural city from which to explore the surrounding Great Western Plains.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): steep yourself in history at Old Dubbo Gaol, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, and then browse the collection at Macquarie Regional Library.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Dubbo trip planner .

You can drive from Wallerawang to Dubbo in 3 hours. Traveling from Wallerawang in December, you will find days in Dubbo are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Gatton.

Things to do in Dubbo

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
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Taronga Western Plains Zoo ©
Taronga Western Plains Zoo
Old Dubbo Gaol ©
Old Dubbo Gaol
Macquarie Regional Library ©
Macquarie Regional Library

1
day
Gatton

Gatton ©
Gatton is a town and the administrative centre of the Lockyer Valley local government area situated in the Lockyer Valley of South East Queensland, Australia. On the 1st (Tue), take a pleasant ride with Fordsdale horseback Adventures and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Darling Downs Zoo.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Gatton holiday maker site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Dubbo to Gatton. In January in Gatton, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gatton

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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Darling Downs Zoo ©
Darling Downs Zoo

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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Burleigh Head National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Raggedy Anne Boutique (in Kingscliff), Coolangatta Beach (in Coolangatta) and The Grainery (in Murwillumbah). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, hike along Cape Byron Walking Track, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Broken Head Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Byron Bay holiday planner.

Getting from Gatton to Byron Bay by car takes about 3 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Burleigh Heads, Raggedy Anne Boutique, Coolangatta Beach, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Broken Head Beach
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
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Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Pet Porpoise Pool - Dolphin Marine Magic, then don't miss a visit to The Big Banana, then take some stellar pictures from Forest Sky Pier, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Diggers beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Coffs Harbour tour builder site .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Byron Bay in January, you will find days in Coffs Harbour are a bit cooler (31°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches
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The Big Banana ©
The Big Banana
Diggers beach ©
Diggers beach

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night
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Coastal walk, then look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Thomas Anglican Church.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Port Macquarie trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Coffs Harbour in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Newcastle.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Wildlife Trails
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk

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night
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): kick back and relax at Nobbys Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Newcastle Beach, and then take in the pleasant sights at Newcastle Memorial Walk.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Newcastle trip builder tool .

You can drive from Port Macquarie to Newcastle in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Port Macquarie in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Newcastle, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Newcastle Beach ©
Newcastle Beach
Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Newcastle Memorial Walk ©
Newcastle Memorial Walk

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