16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 15th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, get a new perspective on things with Melbourne Boat Hire, and learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary planning tool .

Sydney to Melbourne is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Sydney in January, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

4
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.
Step out of Brisbane to go to Beerwah and see Australia Zoo, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, snap pictures at Victoria Bridge Abutment, admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and explore the activities along The Brisbane River.

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Getting from Melbourne to Brisbane by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in January since evenings lows in Brisbane dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Outdoors

Side Trip

Australia Zoo
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

3
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.
Take a break from Byron Bay with a short trip to Big Prawn in Ballina, about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Wategos Beach, get interesting insight from Tours, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Byron Bay day trip site .

Getting from Brisbane to Byron Bay by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Brisbane in January since evenings lows in Byron Bay dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Big Prawn, Lennox Head Beach, Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach

4
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.
Gold Coast is known for theme parks, beaches, shopping, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Sea World Theme Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, browse the different shops at Marina Mirage, and enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Gold Coast takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World

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