19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia tour itinerary planner

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South West Rocks
— 5 nights
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Gold Coast
— 3 nights
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Brisbane
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Toowoomba
— 2 nights
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Stanthorpe
— 1 night
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St George
— 1 night
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Lightning Ridge
— 2 nights
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Coonabarabran
— 2 nights
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Merriwa
— 1 night
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South West Rocks

— 5 nights
Appreciate the collections at Frank Partridge VC Military Museum and Maritime Museum South West Rocks. Get some historical perspective at Smoky Cape Lighthouse and Trial Bay Gaol. Get out of town with these interesting South West Rocks side-trips: Island Golf Club (in Nambucca Heads) and The Slim Dusty Centre (in Kempsey).

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our South West Rocks day trip planning app.

Beecroft to South West Rocks is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in South West Rocks when traveling from Beecroft in July, with lows around 9°C. On the 28th (Wed), you're off to Gold Coast.

Things to do in South West Rocks

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Gold Coast

— 3 nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse and Fingal Head Lighthouse are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Augustine's Catholic Church, and take in the exciting artwork at Anthea Polson Art.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Gold Coast driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from South West Rocks to Gold Coast takes 4.5 hours. July in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Brisbane

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.
For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane online route planner.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. You will leave for Toowoomba on the 1st (Sun).

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Fun & Games

Toowoomba

— 2 nights
Toowoomba is a city in the Darling Downs region in the Australian state of Queensland. For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Toowoomba trip planning app.

You can drive from Brisbane to Toowoomba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Toowoomba when traveling from Brisbane in August, with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Stanthorpe.

Things to do in Toowoomba

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Stanthorpe

— 1 night
Stanthorpe is a town situated in south east Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): stroll through The Granite Belt, revel in the low prices at Stanthorpe Cheese, then get a taste of the local shopping with Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, and finally awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Stanthorpe trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Toowoomba to Stanthorpe in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to St George.

Things to do in Stanthorpe

Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

St George

— 1 night
On the 4th (Wed), see human ingenuity at work at EJ Beardmore Dam, then learn about winemaking at Riversands Winery, and then view the masterpieces at The Unique Egg.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the St George visit planner.

You can drive from Stanthorpe to St George in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. On the 5th (Thu), you'll travel to Lightning Ridge.

Things to do in St George

Museums · Shopping · Wineries · Parks

Lightning Ridge

— 2 nights
Lightning Ridge is a town in north-western New South Wales, Australia, in Walgett Shire, near the southern border of Queensland, about six kilometres east of the Castlereagh Highway, and is served in commercial activities by the town of Walgett, some 75 km to the south. On the 5th (Thu), shop like a local with John Murray Art Gallery, then get a taste of the local shopping with Chambers of The Black Hand, and then learn more about the world around you at Australian Opal Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Opal Bin, take in the natural beauty of Artesian Baths, explore the historical opulence of Amigos Castle, then see the interesting displays at The Bottle House Mining Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Lightning Ridge.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lightning Ridge planning app.

Traveling by car from St George to Lightning Ridge takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Coonabarabran.

Things to do in Lightning Ridge

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Coonabarabran

— 2 nights
Surrounded by lovely, largely unpopulated countryside, Coonabarabran is notable for the number of small churches in the area.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Pilliga National Park. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Nelson Park, see the sky in a new way at Siding Spring Observatory, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Sandstone Caves. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Pilliga National Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Coonabarabran visit planner.

Getting from Lightning Ridge to Coonabarabran by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Merriwa.

Things to do in Coonabarabran

Parks · Nature · Museums · Childrens Museums

Merriwa

— 1 night
Merriwa is a town located in the Upper Hunter Shire, in the far west of the Hunter region of New South Wales, Australia.The town is located on the Golden Highway, northwest of Sydney and about half way between Newcastle and Dubbo. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Merriwa Colonial Museum & Historical Society.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Merriwa trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Coonabarabran to Merriwa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Coonabarabran in August, Merriwa is little chillier at night with lows of 1°C. On the 10th (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Merriwa

Museums

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.