5 days in Australia Itinerary

5 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia travel route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gold Coast
— 1 day
Drive
3
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Fly
4
Coffs Harbour
Drive
5
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
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Brisbane

— 2 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.
On the 20th (Mon), explore the activities along The Brisbane River and then take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland. Keep things going the next day: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, walk around South Bank Parklands, and then take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Brisbane sightseeing planner.

Sydney to Brisbane is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Brisbane are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

Gold Coast

— 1 day
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 (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach and then experience the excitement of Infinity Attraction.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip planner.

Drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:

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.
To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Byron Bay trip builder tool.

Getting from Gold Coast to Byron Bay by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. You'll set off for Coffs Harbour on the 23rd (Thu).

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:

Coffs Harbour

Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
On the 23rd (Thu), get close to the beloved marine mammals with Dolphin Marine Conservation Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Coffs Harbour journey maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Byron Bay in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Coffs Harbour: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

Port Macquarie

— 1 night
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Port Macquarie tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Coffs Harbour in December, you will find days in Port Macquarie are little chillier (26°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Museums · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
Highlights from your trip

Australia travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
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.