27 days in Australia Itinerary

27 days in Australia Itinerary

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27 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 11 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
2
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Gold Coast
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Sydney

11
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay), Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee) and Sovereign Hill (in Ballarat). Dedicate the 19th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Melbourne Zoo, take an in-depth tour of Shrine of Remembrance, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Melbourne online trip itinerary planner .

Sydney to Melbourne is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 17°C in Melbourne. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, St. Kilda Beach, Sovereign Hill, Werribee Open Range Zoo
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 25:
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road

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.
Step out of Byron Bay to go to Ballina and see Big Prawn, which is approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and experience rural life at The Farm Byron Bay.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay trip maker app .

Getting from Melbourne to Byron Bay by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 21°C in Byron Bay. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens, Big Prawn
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 28:
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach

6
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: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea World Theme Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck, and make a splash at Dreamworld.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast online attractions planner .

Getting from Byron Bay to Gold Coast by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 3:
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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

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Australia Zoo (in Beerwah), Caloundra (MaisyMoo & Kings Beach) and Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba). There's much more to do: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip planner .

Drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Mooloolaba Beach, Australia Zoo
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 9:
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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

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