13 days in Queensland, Byron Bay & Melbourne Itinerary

13 days in Queensland, Byron Bay & Melbourne Itinerary

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13 days in Queensland, Byron Bay & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Bandar Seri Begawan
Fly + shuttle:  13​h
1
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Gold Coast
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
5
Byron Bay
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  5​h
6
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Bandar Seri Begawan

1
night
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then get engrossed in the history at Port Douglas Court House Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery, and finally look for gifts at With Sugar.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas journey maker site .

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam to Port Douglas is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Brunei Time (BNT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 2 hours. Traveling from Bandar Seri Begawan in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 23°C in Port Douglas. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Village Gallery and St Monica's Cathedral. There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cairns online itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. October in Cairns sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel).

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip builder .

Getting from Cairns to Brisbane by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in October, things will get a bit cooler in Brisbane: highs are around 29°C and lows about 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

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 12th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Anthea Polson Art, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip planner .

Drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Craig Parry Photography, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, then hike along Cape Byron Walking Track, and finally kick back and relax at Broken Head Beach.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Byron Bay journey builder tool .

Traveling by bus from Gold Coast to Byron Bay takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Byron Bay, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Broken Head Beach
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll explore and learn at Shrine of Remembrance and Sovereign Hill. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Melbourne Museum and Old Melbourne Gaol. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc., see the interesting displays at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, and contemplate the long history of St Paul's Cathedral.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Byron Bay in October, things will get a bit cooler in Melbourne: highs are around 24°C and lows about 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Sovereign Hill
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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