27 days in Australia Itinerary

27 days in Australia Itinerary

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27 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Albury
Albury
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
Merimbula
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Canberra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Whitsunday Island
— Few hours
Fly:  6​h 30​min
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 15​min
Fraser Island
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
Gladstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  14​h 15​min
End: Albury

1
night
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. On the 11th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Beechworth Historical Precinct, take an in-depth tour of Yackandandah Museum, and then learn about winemaking at Morris Wines. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Wonga Wetlands, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Sambell Reserve, and then do a tasting at Indigo Vineyard.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Albury route builder website .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Albury. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Merimbula.

Things to do in Albury

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Beechworth, Morris Wines, Yackandandah Museum
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Wonga Wetlands ©
Wonga Wetlands
Morris Wines ©
Morris Wines
Lake Sambell Reserve ©
Lake Sambell Reserve

3
nights
Merimbula

Merimbula ©
Merimbula Merimbula is a town on the Merimbula Lake, located on the Far South Coast or Sapphire Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Visiting Pambula Beach and On the Perch will get you outdoors. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Short Point Recreation Reserve and Panboola Wetlands. Get out of town with these interesting Merimbula side-trips: Cooma (Corrective Services NSW Museum, Nanny Goat Hill Lookout, & more) and Mimosa Rocks National Park (in Bermagui). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Kianinny Bay, take in the waterfront at The Merimbula Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Tathra Memorial Gardens Walk, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Longstocking Brewery.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Merimbula sightseeing website .

You can fly from Albury to Merimbula in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. May in Merimbula sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Merimbula

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Cooma, Pambula, Tathra, Pambula Beach, On the Perch
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Mimosa Rocks National Park ©
Mimosa Rocks National Park

2
nights
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 17th (Fri), stroll through ANZAC Parade Walk, then contemplate the long history of Lanyon Homestead, and then engage your brain at Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Wily Trout Vineyard, then learn about winemaking at McKellar Ridge Wines, and then learn about winemaking at Dionysus Winery.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Canberra road trip app .

Drive from Merimbula to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Merimbula in May, with highs in Canberra at 19°C and lows at 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Canberra

#Wineries, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trips

Murrumbateman, Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex
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Dionysus Winery ©
Dionysus Winery
ANZAC Parade Walk
ANZAC Parade Walk

3
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
On the 19th (Sun), get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, contemplate the waterfront views at Wentworth Falls Lake, and then take a stroll through Street Art Walk - by Street Art Murals Australia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): take in breathtaking views at Pulpit Rock Lookout, then head outdoors with Eagle Rock Adventures Pty Ltd, then admire the sheer force of Katoomba Falls, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Lincoln's Rock.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Katoomba road trip planner.

Drive from Canberra to Katoomba in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Canberra in May, expect Katoomba to be a bit warmer, temps between 24°C and 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Wentworth Falls Lake
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Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Lincoln's Rock ©
Lincoln's Rock

3
nights
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.
Relax by the water at Shelly Beach and Palm Beach. Attractions like Terrigal Beach and Balmoral Beach, Mosman make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Nan Tien Temple (in Wollongong) and Norah Head Lighthouse (in Norah Head). Dedicate the 23rd (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Katoomba in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Sydney

#Tours, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Norah Head Lighthouse, Nan Tien Temple, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Palm Beach, Terrigal Beach
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach

few
hours
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Whitsunday Island takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in May, with highs in Whitsunday Island at 30°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): tee off at Port Macquarie Golf Cub, examine the collection at Port Macquarie Museum, then contemplate the long history of Port Macquarie Historic Court House, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Thomas Anglican Church. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at North Brother Mountain.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Port Macquarie trip planner.

You can fly from Whitsunday Island to Port Macquarie in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in May, expect nights in Port Macquarie to be slightly colder, around 13°C, while days are colder, around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

#Golf, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze, North Brother Mountain
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Port Macquarie Golf Cub ©
Port Macquarie Golf Cub
St Thomas Anglican Church ©
St Thomas Anglican Church
Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze ©
Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze

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night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 27th (Mon), explore the activities along Eli Creek and then kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Fraser Island online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Port Macquarie to Fraser Island takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Gladstone.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Beaches, #Nature
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Lake Allom ©
Lake Allom

2
nights
Gladstone

Gladstone ©
Gladstone is a city in the Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia. On the 29th (Wed), view the masterpieces at Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, then do a tasting at Gecko Valley Winery, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Awoonga. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Auckland Hill Lookout, then stroll through Millennium Esplanade and Tannum Sands Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Canoe Point Beach and Parklands.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Gladstone trip itinerary planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fraser Island to Gladstone. In May, daily temperatures in Gladstone can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Gladstone

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Tannum Sands, Lake Awoonga
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Lake Awoonga ©
Lake Awoonga
Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum ©
Gecko Valley Winery ©
Gecko Valley Winery

3
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Visit New Govardhana Australia and Fingal Head Lighthouse for their historical value. You'll get in some beach time at Kirra Beach and Kurrawa Beach. Spend the 31st (Fri) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Head National Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Gladstone to Gold Coast with the Route module. Expect little chillier evenings in Gold Coast when traveling from Gladstone in May, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trips

Fingal Head Lighthouse, New Govardhana Australia
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Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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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.
On the 3rd (Mon), take some stellar pictures from Broken Head Nature Reserve, explore the activities along Lake Ainsworth, take some stellar pictures from Pat Morton Lookout, then identify plant and animal life at Victoria Park Nature Reserve, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Hammer and Hand Byron Bay Jewellery and Metal Collective. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, brush up on your military savvy at Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum, then relax in the rural setting at Summerland House Farm, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bexhill Open Air Cathedral.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Byron Bay day trip planning site .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Gold Coast in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 10°C in Byron Bay. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Byron Bay

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Lennox Head, Alstonville, Ballina, Broken Head Nature Reserve, Bexhill Open Air Cathedral
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Lake Ainsworth ©
Lake Ainsworth
Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

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