17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive
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Shoal Bay
— 1 night
Drive
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Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive
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Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mudgee
— 1 night
Drive
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Dubbo
— 1 night
Fly
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Canberra
— 2 nights
Drive
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Thredbo Village
— 1 night
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Coffs Harbour

— 1 night
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
On the 20th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, appreciate the history behind The Big Banana Fun Park, and then take a leisurely stroll along Coffs Harbour Jetty.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Coffs Harbour driving holiday planner.

Gold Coast to Coffs Harbour is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. In June in Coffs Harbour, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Shoal Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Wildlife · Parks

Shoal Bay

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): kick back and relax at Fingal Bay Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Barry Park, then identify plant and animal life at Tomaree Head, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Point Stephens Lighthouse.

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Traveling by car from Coffs Harbour to Shoal Bay takes 4.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Shoal Bay

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Sydney

— 5 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.
Attractions like Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through The Rocks, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Shoal Bay to Sydney takes 3 hours. In June, daytime highs in Sydney are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Katoomba

— 3 nights
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Get out of town with these interesting Katoomba side-trips: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath, take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls Lookout, get great views at Echo Point Lookout, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Katoomba trip planner.

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Katoomba when traveling from Sydney in June, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mudgee.

Things to do in Katoomba

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mudgee

— 1 night
White latticed historic buildings and a red brick clock tower occupy Mudgee's town center.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): do a tasting at Lowe Wines, learn about winemaking at SHORT SHEEP Micro-Winery, then try for a hole-in-one at Mudgee Honey Haven, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mudgee trip planner.

You can drive from Katoomba to Mudgee in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, Mudgee is slightly colder than Katoomba - with highs of 17°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Dubbo.

Things to do in Mudgee

Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Shopping

Dubbo

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Old Dubbo Gaol, then meet the residents at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, and then make a trip to Alladins Cave Bottle House.

Before you visit Dubbo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Mudgee to Dubbo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or take a bus. In June in Dubbo, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Dubbo

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites

Canberra

— 2 nights

The Bush Capital

A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 2nd (Thu), make a trip to Parliament of Australia, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, and then engage your brain at Questacon. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have some family-friendly fun at Axxe, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Canberra online holiday planner.

Getting from Dubbo to Canberra by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Dubbo in July, with highs in Canberra at 13°C and lows at 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Thredbo Village.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums · Childrens Museums · Fun & Games

Thredbo Village

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): hit the slopes at Thredbo Alpine Village, then take in the awesome beauty at Kosciuszko National Park, and then sample the fine beverages at Wildbrumby Thredbo Valley Distillery.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Thredbo Village journey maker.

You can drive from Canberra to Thredbo Village in 3 hours. July in Thredbo Village sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Thredbo Village

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Australia travel guide

4.7
Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
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.

Blue Mountains travel guide

4.6
World heritage site · Lookouts · Mountains
Cloaked by a natural blue haze that lingers above vast eucalypt forests and rugged sandstone tablelands, Blue Mountains remain Australia's most accessible World Heritage-listed wilderness within a two-hour drive from Sidney. Equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and avid nature lovers, a trip to Blue Mountains places you near canyons, waterfalls, underground caves, and limestone formations that date back at least 340 million years. Fresh mountain air serves as a perfect stimulus for numerous exhilarating activities and adventure sports. Hiking, bushwalking, rock climbing, canyoning, and abseiling rank among top things to do in Blue Mountains. The region's many festivals and rich Aboriginal heritage add a dash of culture to primarily nature-oriented Blue Mountains vacations.