12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Singapore
1
Brisbane
— 1 night
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Nelson Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Pokolbin
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Singapore

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of Suncorp Stadium, see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Brisbane, and finally take in the waterfront at Eagle Street Pier.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary builder site .

Singapore, Singapore to Brisbane is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Singapore to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in May, expect nights in Brisbane to be colder, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums
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Museum of Brisbane ©
Museum of Brisbane
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Suncorp Stadium
Suncorp Stadium

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): play a few rounds at Surfers Paradise Golf Club, then browse the different shops at Robina Town Shopping Centre, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, and finally explore the galleries of Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, then get some fabulous bargains at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Climb.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast visit website .

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay May 11 — 13:
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

1
night
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 14th (Tue): stroll through Lennox Head Beach, then look for gifts at Byron Bay Cookies Retail Store, then enjoy the sand and surf at Belongil Beach, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Byron Bay trip tool .

Take a bus from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Gold Coast in May since evenings lows in Byron Bay dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Lennox Head Beach
Find places to stay May 13 — 14:
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Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach
Lennox Head Beach ©
Lennox Head Beach
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Raleigh Vineyard & Winery, then meet the residents at Pet Porpoise Pool - Dolphin Marine Magic, then take an in-depth tour of Coffs Harbour Regional Museum, and finally take some stellar pictures from Forest Sky Pier.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Coffs Harbour online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nelson Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Raleigh Vineyard & Winery
Find places to stay May 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin Marine Conservation Park ©
Dolphin Marine Conservation Park
Coffs Harbour Regional Museum ©
Coffs Harbour Regional Museum
Forest Sky Pier ©
Forest Sky Pier

1
night
Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay ©
Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Port Stephens Community Art Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at Tomaree Head, then examine the collection at Port Stephens Shell Museum, and finally make a trip to Gan Gan Lookout.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nelson Bay vacation builder website .

Traveling by car from Coffs Harbour to Nelson Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. May in Nelson Bay sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pokolbin.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Port Stephens Shell Museum, Tomaree Head
Find places to stay May 15 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Port Stephens Community Art Centre ©
Port Stephens Community Art Centre
Port Stephens Shell Museum ©
Port Stephens Shell Museum
Gan Gan Lookout ©
Gan Gan Lookout

1
night
Pokolbin

Pokolbin ©
With its first vineyards established in the mid 19th century, wine tourism in Pokolbin remains a major draw.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): do a tasting at Leogate Estate Wines, do a tasting at Scarborough Wine Co, then learn about winemaking at Peterson House, then do a tasting at Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard, and finally look for gifts at Hunter Belle Cheese Room.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Pokolbin route planner.

You can drive from Nelson Bay to Pokolbin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Pokolbin

Wineries Shopping
Find places to stay May 16 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Peterson House ©
Peterson House
Scarborough Wine Co ©
Scarborough Wine Co
Leogate Estate Wines ©
Leogate Estate Wines

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.
Visit Bondi Beach and Manly Beach for some beach relaxation. Let the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, pause for some photo ops at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sydney planning app .

You can drive from Pokolbin to Sydney in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Sydney sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay May 17 — 20:
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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