12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Drive:  5​h
1
Palm Beach
— Few hours
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h
2
Nambucca Heads
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
4
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Beerwah
— 1 night
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Dubbo
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

few
hours
Palm Beach

Palm Beach ©
On the 2nd (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Palm Beach vacation site .

Melbourne to Palm Beach is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Palm Beach when traveling from Melbourne in January, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Nambucca Heads.

Things to do in Palm Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach

2
nights
Nambucca Heads

Nambucca Heads ©
Nambucca Heads is a town on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia in Nambucca Shire. On the 3rd (Fri), kick back and relax at Scotts Head Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Yarriabini National Park, then steep yourself in history at Trial Bay Gaol, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Shelly Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional de Dorrigo, stop by Theblackhole, then don't miss a visit to V-Wall, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Nambucca Heads Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nambucca Heads online trip maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Palm Beach to Nambucca Heads. In January in Nambucca Heads, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Nambucca Heads

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Parque Nacional de Dorrigo, Scotts Head Beach, Theblackhole, Trial Bay Gaol, Yarriabini National Park
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Yarriabini National Park ©
Yarriabini National Park
Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach
Trial Bay Gaol ©
Trial Bay Gaol

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 5th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Broken Head Nature Reserve, trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and finally glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Belongil Beach, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lennox Head Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Wategos Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Byron Bay road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nambucca Heads to Byron Bay takes 4 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Broken Head Nature Reserve, Lennox Head Beach
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Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Burleigh Heads Beach. Bring the kids along to Surfers Paradise Beach and Sea World Theme Park. Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: Brisbane (Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, Gallery of Modern Art, & more). Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and browse the exhibits of Anthea Polson Art.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast holiday app .

Traveling by bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Brisbane
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): browse the eclectic array of goods at The Original Eumundi Markets, look for gifts at Underground Surf, then take a stroll through Hastings Street, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Artisans Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Peregian Beach, then kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Noosa sightseeing planner .

Getting from Gold Coast to Noosa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Beerwah.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Eumundi
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The Original Eumundi Markets ©
The Original Eumundi Markets
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach

1
night
Beerwah

Beerwah ©
Beerwah is a rural town and a locality in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): meet the residents at Sea Life Sunshine Coast, kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then hike along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Beerwah online itinerary planner .

Getting from Noosa to Beerwah by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Beerwah are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Dubbo.

Things to do in Beerwah

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

1
night
Dubbo

Dubbo ©
Visit the city of Dubbo, the most populous urban area in the Orana Region, for an exciting and thriving multicultural city from which to explore the surrounding Great Western Plains.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Maquarie River, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, then steep yourself in history at Old Dubbo Gaol, and finally learn about winemaking at Red Earth Estate.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Dubbo road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Beerwah to Dubbo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Beerwah in January, you will find days in Dubbo are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are a bit cooler (21°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubbo

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife
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Taronga Western Plains Zoo ©
Taronga Western Plains Zoo
Old Dubbo Gaol ©
Old Dubbo Gaol
Red Earth Estate ©
Red Earth Estate

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