26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 15​min
2
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Muswellbrook
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Coonabarabran
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Jervis Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Lakes Entrance
— Few hours
Drive:  6​h 45​min
7
Cowes
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
10
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
11
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Zurich

3
nights
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through The Rocks, enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sydney attractions planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Zurich to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in December, with highs in Sydney at 32°C and lows at 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
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Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, beaches, outdoors, historic sites, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, enjoy the sand and surf at Indian Head, and stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Fraser Island journey planning site .

Getting from Sydney to Fraser Island by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In December, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Muswellbrook.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Lake Wabby ©
Lake Wabby
Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek

few
hours
Muswellbrook

Muswellbrook ©
Muswellbrook is a town in the Upper Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia, about 243km north of Sydney and 127km north-west of Newcastle.Muswellbrook had an estimated urban population of 12,868 as at June 2015. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): indulge your taste buds at Pukara Estate and then stop by Hunter Belle Cheese.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Muswellbrook trip itinerary planning site .

Explore your travel options from Fraser Island to Muswellbrook with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Coonabarabran.

Things to do in Muswellbrook

#Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Pukara Estate ©
Pukara Estate

1
night
Coonabarabran

Coonabarabran
Surrounded by lovely, largely unpopulated countryside, Coonabarabran is notable for the number of small churches in the area.
On the 2nd (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Warrumbungle National Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Coonabarabran visit planning app .

Getting from Muswellbrook to Coonabarabran by car takes about 3.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Coonabarabran are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Jervis Bay.

Things to do in Coonabarabran

#Nature, #Parks
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:

1
night
Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay ©
A trip to Jervis Bay will take you to the southern coast of New South Wales, known for allegedly boasting some of the whitest sands in the world.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): stroll through Blenheim Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Greenfield Beach, and then kick back and relax at Murrays Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): kick back and relax at Callala Beach and then stroll through Nelson Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Jervis Bay visit planning tool .

Getting from Coonabarabran to Jervis Bay by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: fly. While traveling from Coonabarabran, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Jervis Bay, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lakes Entrance.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

Callala Beach
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:
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Callala Beach ©
Callala Beach
Blenheim Beach ©
Blenheim Beach
Nelson Beach ©
Nelson Beach

few
hours
Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance ©
Lakes Entrance is a seaside resort and fishing port in eastern Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakes Entrance Beach, examine the collection at Griffiths' Sea Shell Museum & Marine Display, then do a tasting at Nicholson River Winery, and finally try for a hole-in-one at Footbridge Mini Golf, Icecream & Lolly Shop.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lakes Entrance online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Jervis Bay to Lakes Entrance in 7 hours. Traveling from Jervis Bay in January, Lakes Entrance is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cowes.

Things to do in Lakes Entrance

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

Nicholson River Winery
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:
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Nicholson River Winery ©
Nicholson River Winery

few
hours
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
On the 6th (Sun), putt your heart out at Grumpys Crazy Golf, head off the coast to Churchill Island, find something for the whole family at A Maze'N Things, then head off the coast to Phillip Island Nature Parks - Koala Conservation Centre, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Nobbies Centre.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cowes online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Lakes Entrance to Cowes by car takes about 4 hours. In January in Cowes, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cowes

#Parks, #Theme Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Churchill Island, The Nobbies Centre
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:
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The Nobbies Centre ©
The Nobbies Centre
A Maze'N Things ©
A Maze'N Things
Churchill Island ©
Churchill Island

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nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 10th (Thu), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne road trip app .

You can drive from Cowes to Melbourne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of car and train. In January, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Tours, #Parks, #Museums
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

1
night
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, step off the mainland to explore Coffs Harbour Muttonbird Island, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Diggers beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Coffs Harbour trip site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Coffs Harbour takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Melbourne in January, Coffs Harbour is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Diggers beach ©
Diggers beach
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House
Coffs Harbour Muttonbird Island ©
Coffs Harbour Muttonbird Island

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Wategos Beach. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Broken Head Beach, kick back and relax at Lennox Head Beach, and then kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay trip planner .

Getting from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Byron Bay, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Byron Bay

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Lennox Head Beach, Lighthouse Beach, Broken Head Beach
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:
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Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track

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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane vacation maker app .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Byron Bay in January, Brisbane is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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