26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Port Campbell
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Lorne
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Newhaven
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
Katoomba
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Attractions like Eastern Beach Reserve and Ballarat Wildlife Park make great kid-friendly stops. Get a sense of the local culture at Shrine of Remembrance and Melbourne Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: St George's Lake (in Creswick), Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee) and The Enchanted Adventure Garden (in Arthurs Seat). There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, stroll through St. Kilda Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

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London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Melbourne is 10 hours. In January, Melbourne is much hotter than London - with highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Museums

Side Trips

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Werribee Open Range Zoo, St George's Lake, The Enchanted Adventure Garden, Ballarat Wildlife Park
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

3
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Escape the urban bustle at London Bridge and Loch Ard Gorge. Family-friendly places like Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve and Gibsons Steps will thrill your kids. Step out of Port Campbell with an excursion to Thunder point Coastal Reserve in Warrnambool--about 1h 10 min away. Spend the 14th (Mon) exploring nature at Port Campbell National Park. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Bay of Islands and make a trip to The Grotto.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Port Campbell trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Port Campbell takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Lorne.

Things to do in Port Campbell

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Warrnambool
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Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
London Bridge ©
London Bridge
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve ©
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

4
nights
Lorne

Lorne ©
Lorne is a seaside town on Louttit Bay in Victoria, Australia. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Great Ocean Walk and Mait's Rest. Step out of the city life by going to Lorne Beach and Sheoak Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Lorne side-trips: Bells Beach (in Torquay) and 13th Beach (in Barwon Heads). There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Erskine Falls and take an in-depth tour of Great Ocean Road Story.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Lorne journey planner .

You can drive from Port Campbell to Lorne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Newhaven.

Things to do in Lorne

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Apollo Bay, 13th Beach, Bells Beach
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Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest
Lorne Beach ©
Lorne Beach
Great Ocean Walk ©
Great Ocean Walk

2
nights
Newhaven

Newhaven ©
Newhaven is a town in southern Victoria, in the south Gippsland region. Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): find something for the whole family at A Maze'N Things, identify plant and animal life at Phillip Island Nature Parks - Koala Conservation Centre, then head off the coast to Churchill Island, and finally kick back and relax at Cape Woolamai Beach. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your military savvy at National Vietnam Veterans Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Phillip Island Wildlife Park, then admire all the interesting features of Pyramid Rock, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Nobbies Centre.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Newhaven road trip planning website .

Drive from Lorne to Newhaven in 3.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Newhaven are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Newhaven

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Cowes, Phillip Island, Pyramid Rock, The Nobbies Centre
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A Maze'N Things ©
A Maze'N Things
The Nobbies Centre ©
The Nobbies Centre
Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park

1
night
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours, make a trip to Gallery Blackheath, and then admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass and then stroll through The Giant Stairway.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Newhaven to Katoomba. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Newhaven in January: highs in Katoomba hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trips

Gallery Blackheath, The National Pass
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway

6
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Get outdoors at Manly Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Terrigal Beach (in Terrigal), Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Palm Beach (in Palm Beach). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Palm Beach, Terrigal Beach
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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