17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Drive:  4​h
1
Lakes Entrance
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Eden
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Narooma
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Sydney
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Crescent Head
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Rainbow Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
10
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Newcastle
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
12
Glen Davis
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
13
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
14
Albury
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance ©
Lakes Entrance is a seaside resort and fishing port in eastern Victoria, Australia. On the 1st (Wed), do a tasting at Wyanga Park Winery and then explore the fascinating underground world of Buchan Caves.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Lakes Entrance trip planner .

Melbourne to Lakes Entrance is an approximately 4-hour car ride. In January, daily temperatures in Lakes Entrance can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Eden.

Things to do in Lakes Entrance

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Buchan Caves
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Buchan Caves ©
Buchan Caves
Wyanga Park Winery ©
Wyanga Park Winery

1
night
Eden

Eden
Eden is a seaside holiday township and home to the whale-watching cruise.
To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Eden holiday builder site .

Traveling by car from Lakes Entrance to Eden takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 18°C. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll travel to Narooma.

Things to do in Eden

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

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night
Narooma

Narooma is a town in the Australian state of New South Wales on the far south coast. On the 3rd (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Montague Island, get great views at Bar Rock Lookout and Australia Rock, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue Pool. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Abc Cheese Factory Central Tilba and then kick back and relax at Safety Bar Beach (South).

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Narooma fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by car from Eden to Narooma takes 2 hours. January in Narooma sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Narooma

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Blue Pool, Abc Cheese Factory Central Tilba
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Blue Pool ©
Blue Pool
Safety Bar Beach (South) ©
Safety Bar Beach (South)

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Sydney

Sydney ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair and then stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney holiday planner .

You can drive from Narooma to Sydney in 5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Narooma in January, with highs in Sydney at 32°C and lows at 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Crescent Head.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Mrs Macquarie's Chair ©
Mrs Macquarie's Chair

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Crescent Head

Crescent Head ©
Crescent Head is a beach-side community 440 km north-northeast of Sydney, in Kempsey Shire, New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goolawah National Park.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Crescent Head fast, fun, and easy.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sydney to Crescent Head. When traveling from Sydney in January, plan for slightly colder days in Crescent Head, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Crescent Head

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Goolawah National Park ©
Goolawah National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, look for gifts at The Byron Bay Book Exchange, then trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Stone & Wood Brewery and Tasting Room and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Byron Bay trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Crescent Head to Byron Bay in 5 hours. Traveling from Crescent Head in January, you will find days in Byron Bay are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kayaking & Canoeing

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Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Searys Creek and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rainbow Beach trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Rainbow Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trip

Off-Road Tours
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Searys Creek ©
Searys Creek

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get your game on at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer and then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Brisbane road trip tool .

You can drive from Rainbow Beach to Brisbane in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. January in Brisbane sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Brisbane

Wildlife Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Coffs Harbour Beach, and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Coffs Harbour itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Brisbane to Coffs Harbour in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Outdoors Parks Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Coffs Harbour Beach ©
Coffs Harbour Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House

2
nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
On the 12th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, hike along Coastal walk, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Here are some ideas for day two: have fun at Port Macquarie Driving Range and Mini Golf, then enjoy the sand and surf at Rainbow beach reserve, and then admire the engineering at Cowarra Off Creek Storage Dam.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Coffs Harbour in January, plan for slightly colder days in Port Macquarie, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Newcastle.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Rainbow beach reserve, Cowarra Off Creek Storage Dam
Highlights from your plan
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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night
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
On the 14th (Tue), go for a stroll along the water at Watt Street Wharf, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nobbys Beach, and then go for a walk through Newcastle Memorial Walk.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Newcastle itinerary planner .

Getting from Port Macquarie to Newcastle by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Port Macquarie in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Newcastle, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Glen Davis.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Newcastle Memorial Walk ©
Newcastle Memorial Walk

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Glen Davis

Glen Davis ©
Glen Davis is a village in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia. On the 15th (Wed), take some stellar pictures from Pearson's Lookout and then don't miss a visit to Glen Davis Ruins.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Glen Davis tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Newcastle to Glen Davis in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Canberra.
Highlights from your plan
Glen Davis Ruins ©
Glen Davis Ruins

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Canberra

Canberra ©
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 16th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin and then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Canberra attractions app .

Traveling by car from Glen Davis to Canberra takes 4.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Glen Davis in January since evenings lows in Canberra dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Albury.

Things to do in Canberra

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial

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Albury

Albury ©
Albury, a major regional city in New South Wales, Australia, is located on the Hume Highway and the northern side of the Murray River. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Albury Botanic Garden and then explore the activities along Lake Hume.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Albury sightseeing planning tool .

Drive from Canberra to Albury in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Albury. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albury

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Albury Botanic Garden ©
Albury Botanic Garden

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