16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
North Stradbroke Island
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Byron Bay
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Canberra
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
8
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Drive:  19​h
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.
On the 22nd (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then kick back and relax at Dicky Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): kick back and relax at Moffat Beach, then admire the masterpieces at Gallery of Modern Art, then see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and finally find something for the whole family at Wheel of Brisbane.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip itinerary builder .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Brisbane. In February, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to North Stradbroke Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

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North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island ©
On the 24th (Sun), kick back and relax at Frenchman's Beach, then take a leisurely stroll along North Gorge Walk, and then kick back and relax at Cylinder Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our North Stradbroke Island online holiday builder .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to North Stradbroke Island takes 3 hours. In February in North Stradbroke Island, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in North Stradbroke Island

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Frenchman's Beach ©
Frenchman's Beach
North Gorge Walk
North Gorge Walk

1
night
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.
To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip itinerary tool .

Getting from North Stradbroke Island to Gold Coast by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 25th (Mon), you'll travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Tours Parks
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, kick back and relax at Belongil Beach, and then view the masterpieces at Jules Hunt Studio Gallery.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay attractions planner.

Take a bus from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In February in Byron Bay, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach
Jules Hunt Studio Gallery ©
Jules Hunt Studio Gallery
Spas & Wellness

1
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.
To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie day trip planner.

You can drive from Byron Bay to Port Macquarie in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Byron Bay in February, expect nights in Port Macquarie to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are little chillier, around 25°C. On the 26th (Tue), you're off toSydney.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Outdoors Parks Nature
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3
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 some cultural insight at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk. The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sydney tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Port Macquarie to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Port Macquarie in February: highs in Sydney hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and finally ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia. On the next day, do a tasting at Wily Trout Vineyard, then do a tasting at Jeir Creek Wines, then learn about winemaking at Gundog Cork Street Cellar, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Tortured Gum Brewery.

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Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Canberra. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Wineries Nature

Side Trips

Murrumbateman, Tortured Gum Brewery, Gundog Cork Street Cellar
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Gundog Cork Street Cellar ©
Gundog Cork Street Cellar

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get outdoors at Melbourne Zoo and Half Moon Bay. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shrine of Remembrance and Immigration Museum. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Royal Historical Society of Victoria, kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trip

St Kilda
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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