51 days in Victoria & New South Wales Itinerary

51 days in Victoria & New South Wales Itinerary

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Melbourne
— 8 nights
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Torquay
— 4 nights
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Cowes
— 6 nights
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Mt Martha
— 6 nights
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Drive to Melbourne International Airport, Fly to Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport, Drive to Wollongong
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Wollongong
— 5 nights
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Katoomba
— 7 nights
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Pokolbin
— 6 nights
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Sydney
— 8 nights
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Melbourne

— 8 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Werribee (Victoria State Rose Garden & Werribee Open Range Zoo). Dedicate the 3rd (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 2nd (Thu), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary maker site.

Brisbane to Melbourne is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in November; daily highs in Melbourne reach 26°C and lows reach 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Torquay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Torquay

— 4 nights
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Venture out of the city with trips to Aireys Inlet (Great Escape Books & Split Point Lighthouse), Apollo Bay (Great Ocean Walk & Great Ocean Road) and Cape Otway Lightstation (in Cape Otway). The adventure continues: cruise along The Great Ocean Road, stroll through Anglesea Bike Park, take some stellar pictures from Point Danger Lookout, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Torquay holiday planning website.

Drive from Melbourne to Torquay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cowes.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Cowes

— 6 nights
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Cowes is known for nature, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Koala Conservation Centre, experience rural life at Bimbadeen Phillip Island, kick back and relax at YCW Beach, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Churchill Island Marine National Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cowes online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Torquay to Cowes by car takes about 3 hours. In December in Cowes, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mt Martha.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mt Martha

— 6 nights
Explore Mt Martha's surroundings by going to Panorama Garden Estate (in Boneo), Sea All Dolphin Swims (in Queenscliff) and Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne (in Cranbourne).

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mt Martha travel route planner.

You can drive from Cowes to Mt Martha in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Mt Martha are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Wollongong.

Things to do in Mt Martha

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Wineries

Side Trips

Wollongong

— 5 nights
Wollongong, informally referred to as "The Gong", is a seaside city located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wollongong: Food Tours (in Mittagong), Shoalhaven River Gorge (in Marulan) and Jamberoo (Minnamurra Falls & Budderoo National Park). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Jamberoo Action Park, kick back and relax at Bulli Beach, take some stellar pictures from Sublime Point Lookout, and explore the activities along Lake Illawarra.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Wollongong travel route tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mt Martha to Wollongong. When traveling from Mt Martha in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Wollongong, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Wollongong

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Katoomba

— 7 nights
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Katoomba is known for nature, trails, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, hike along Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls Lookout, and don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Katoomba day trip planning website.

You can drive from Wollongong to Katoomba in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Katoomba sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Pokolbin.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Pokolbin

— 6 nights
With its first vineyards established in the mid 19th century, wine tourism in Pokolbin remains a major draw.
Change things up with these side-trips from Pokolbin: The Entrance Heritage Walk (in The Entrance), Sacred Spaces (in Singleton) and Norah Head Lighthouse (in Norah Head). There's much more to do: awaken your taste buds at Wine D Road Tours, do a tasting at Ivanhoe Wines, admire the natural beauty at Hunter Valley Gardens, and explore the activities along Lake Macquarie.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Pokolbin trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Katoomba to Pokolbin in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Pokolbin

Wineries · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sydney

— 8 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly (about 36 minutes away). There's much more to do: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

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Drive from Pokolbin to Sydney in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Victoria travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Gardens
The smallest state on mainland Australia, Victoria nevertheless boasts a richly attractive interior and an exotic, bay-strewn coastline that compensates for its relatively diminutive size. With snow-topped alpine areas and coastal paradises running into dry, semi-arid plains in the west and northwest, Victoria has something of a split personality in relation to its geography. Around 70 percent of Victoria’s population live in the capital of the state, Melbourne.

New South Wales travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Theaters · Gardens
New South Wales boasts stunning snow-capped mountains, sandy beaches, and prosperous cities, including its capital, Sydney. Interior forests and highlands contrast with the coastal plains and oceanside landscape. Foodies on holiday in New South Wales can revel in the country's economic heartland, where vineyards flourish and farmer's markets bring an abundance of local produce to the table. Base yourself in Sydney, a glamorous spot from which to explore, and then head to the beaches to swim and surf.