5 days in Gold Coast, Byron Bay & Port Macquarie Itinerary

5 days in Gold Coast, Byron Bay & Port Macquarie Itinerary

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5 days in Gold Coast, Byron Bay & Port Macquarie Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Gold Coast
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park and then don't miss a visit to Rotary Carousel Broadbeach. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, then kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and then get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast sightseeing planning site .

Sydney to Gold Coast is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): kick back and relax at Tallow Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, and then kick back and relax at Broken Head Beach. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Wategos Beach, then hike along Cape Byron Walking Track, and then stroll through Lennox Head Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Byron Bay holiday planner .

Getting from Gold Coast to Byron Bay by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Byron Bay can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lennox Head Beach, Broken Head Beach
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Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Tallow Beach ©
Tallow Beach

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Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
On the 26th (Mon), hike along Coastal walk, then identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Thomas Anglican Church.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Port Macquarie route planner.

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Port Macquarie takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Byron Bay in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital

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