6 days in Australia Itinerary

6 days in Australia Itinerary

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6 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Gold Coast
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Caloundra
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Brisbane
— 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 21st (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Natural Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Greenmount Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse, and finally explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast online itinerary planner .

Sydney to Gold Coast is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Beaches
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Robina Town Shopping Centre ©
Robina Town Shopping Centre
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, then enjoy the sand and surf at Belongil Beach, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Bexhill Open Air Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Lennox Head Beach, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Byron Bay trip planning app .

Getting from Gold Coast to Byron Bay by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December in Byron Bay, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Caloundra.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Bexhill Open Air Cathedral, Lennox Head Beach
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Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Bulcock Beach, then stop by MaisyMoo, then visit a coastal fixture at Caloundra Lighthouses, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kings Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Caloundra trip planner .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Caloundra in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. December in Caloundra sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Caloundra

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Caloundra Lighthouses ©
Caloundra Lighthouses

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take a stroll through Queen Street Mall, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel), and then don't miss a visit to Boggo Road Gaol.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Brisbane road trip tool .

Drive from Caloundra to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Queen Street Mall ©
Queen Street Mall
Boggo Road Gaol ©
Boggo Road Gaol

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