18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Torquay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Princetown
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  1​h 30​min
Warrnambool
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h 30​min
Blue Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Chelsea
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Brisbane

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Queen Victoria Market, catch a ride on City Circle Tram, then make a trip to Hosier Lane, then catch a movie at Rooftop Cinema, and finally watch a film at Moonlight Cinema. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, stroll through Brighton Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, and finally stroll through Half Moon Bay.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Melbourne driving holiday website .

If you are flying in from United Arab Emirates, the closest major airport is Melbourne International Airport. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Torquay.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Split Point Lighthouse, The Great Ocean Road, Brighton Beach, St. Kilda Beach
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road
Half Moon Bay ©
Half Moon Bay

4
nights
Torquay

Torquay ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Go Flyboard and Lorne Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Twelve Apostles (in Princetown) and Port Campbell (Port Campbell National Park & Loch Ard Gorge).

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Torquay trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Melbourne to Torquay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daytime highs in Torquay are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Princetown.

Things to do in Torquay

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Campbell, Twelve Apostles, Go Flyboard, Lorne Beach
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Lorne Beach ©
Lorne Beach
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles

2
nights
Princetown

Princetown ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Logan's Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Griffiths Island and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Islands.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Princetown visit planner.

You can drive from Torquay to Princetown in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Warrnambool.

Things to do in Princetown

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trips

Warrnambool, Griffiths Island
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Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve ©
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve
Bay of Islands ©
Bay of Islands
Griffiths Island ©
Griffiths Island

1
night
Warrnambool

Warrnambool
Warrnambool is a regional centre and former port city on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia. For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Warrnambool trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Princetown to Warrnambool by combination of taxi and bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. On the 12th (Sat), you're off toBlue Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Warrnambool

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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3
nights
Blue Mountains National Park

Blue Mountains National Park ©
This is the official community page for Blue Mountains National Park. On the 12th (Sat), admire all the interesting features of Pulpit Rock Lookout and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Blue Mountains National Park trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Warrnambool to Blue Mountains National Park. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. You will leave for Sydney on the 15th (Tue).

Things to do in Blue Mountains National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
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Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach and then stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. On your second day here, take a stroll through Darling Harbour and then take a stroll through The Rocks.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Sydney online travel planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Blue Mountains National Park to Sydney. In January, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

#Neighborhoods, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

2
nights
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 17th (Thu): take in the views from Victoria Bridge Abutment and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Queen Street Mall and then kick back and relax at Dicky Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip app .

Fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Chelsea.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Queen Street Mall ©
Queen Street Mall
Victoria Bridge Abutment ©
Victoria Bridge Abutment

1
night
Chelsea

Chelsea ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): kick back and relax at Frankston Beach, stop by Marion Rosetzky Gallery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Chelsea journey builder app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Brisbane to Chelsea. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Brisbane in January, with highs in Chelsea at 30°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Chelsea

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Marion Rosetzky Gallery, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Frankston Beach
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Chelsea Beach ©
Chelsea Beach
Marion Rosetzky Gallery ©
Marion Rosetzky Gallery

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