14 days in Australia Itinerary

14 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia sightseeing planner
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Sydney
— 4 nights
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Newcastle
— 1 night
Drive
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Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Drive
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Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive
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Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive
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Brisbane
— 5 nights

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Sydney — 4 nights

The Harbour City

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, stop by The Rocks, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary planning tool.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Sydney. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in July, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Newcastle.
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Newcastle — 1 night

While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Nobbys Beach, take in the waterfront at Nobbys Head, then go for a walk through Newcastle Memorial Walk, and finally see majestic marine mammals with CoastXP.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Newcastle online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Newcastle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Newcastle can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Port Macquarie.
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Port Macquarie — 1 night

Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then make a trip to Breakwall Waking Path, then stroll through Coastal walk, and finally see exotic creatures in open habitats at Port Macquarie Camel Safari's. On the next day, visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse and then look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Port Macquarie driving holiday website.

You can drive from Newcastle to Port Macquarie in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Newcastle in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Port Macquarie, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Byron Bay.
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Byron Bay — 1 night

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 2nd (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Byron Bay tour itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Port Macquarie to Byron Bay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Port Macquarie in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Byron Bay, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.
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Gold Coast — 1 night

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.
On the 3rd (Wed), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park and then catch some excitement at Infinity Attraction.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast online trip builder.

Drive from Byron Bay to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.
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Brisbane — 5 nights

Australia's New World City

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fishermans Road Market (in Diddillibah), Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach & Boat Tours & Water Sports) and FloCryo (in Bokarina). And it doesn't end there: stroll around South Bank Parklands, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, explore the activities along The Brisbane River, and get in on the family fun at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Brisbane tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. August in Brisbane sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.
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