42 days in Australia Itinerary

42 days in Australia Itinerary

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42 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Albury
Drive:  6​h 15​min
Merimbula
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Wollongong
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  4​h 15​min
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
Gladstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Rockhampton
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
Mackay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Mackay
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
Rockhampton
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Bundaberg
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Noosa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
Yamba
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Canberra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Albury

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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. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Short Point Recreation Reserve, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kianinny Bay, then tour the pleasant surroundings at On the Perch, and finally take in the waterfront at The Merimbula Boardwalk. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Tathra Memorial Gardens Walk, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mimosa Rocks National Park, and then get outside with Camel Rock.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Merimbula day trip site .

Albury to Merimbula is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also 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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Wollongong.

Things to do in Merimbula

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Bermagui, Tathra, On the Perch, Panboola Wetlands
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Mimosa Rocks National Park ©
Mimosa Rocks National Park
Camel Rock ©
Camel Rock
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The Merimbula Boardwalk

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Wollongong

Wollongong ©
Wollongong, informally referred to as "The Gong", is a seaside city located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. On the 15th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Wollongong Art Gallery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Francis Xavier's Cathedral, then explore the engaging exhibits at Early Start Discovery Space, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Stuart Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Wollongong online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Merimbula to Wollongong takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, flight, and train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

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#Museums, #Childrens Museums, #Outdoors
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Wollongong Art Gallery ©
Wollongong Art Gallery
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St Francis Xavier's Cathedral

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Hyde Park Barracks Museum and Norah Head Lighthouse. Get in touch with nature at Shelly Beach and Terrigal Beach. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, admire the landmark architecture of Olympia Milk Bar, contemplate the long history of Manly Quarantine Station, and engage your brain at Powerhouse Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Wollongong to Sydney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Wollongong in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 14°C in Sydney. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Sydney

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Manly, Norah Head Lighthouse, Terrigal Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman
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Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk ©
Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk
Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach
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Terrigal Beach

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Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Rocks Ferry Reserve, learn about winemaking at Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze, then look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Thomas Anglican Church.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie trip maker website .

You can fly from Sydney to Port Macquarie in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. While traveling from Sydney, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Wineries

Side Trip

Wauchope
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
St Thomas Anglican Church ©
St Thomas Anglican Church
Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze ©
Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze

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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 20th (Mon), learn about all things military at Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum, take some stellar pictures from Pat Morton Lookout, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Wategos Beach. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bexhill Open Air Cathedral, then take a peaceful walk through Victoria Park Nature Reserve, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ainsworth.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Byron Bay trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Port Macquarie to Byron Bay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Port Macquarie in May: highs in Byron Bay hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Lennox Head, Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum, Bexhill Open Air Cathedral, Victoria Park Nature Reserve
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Pat Morton Lookout ©
Pat Morton Lookout
Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Bexhill Open Air Cathedral ©
Bexhill Open Air Cathedral

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kirra Beach and Kurrawa Beach. Bring the kids along to Burleigh Head National Park and Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast. Explore Gold Coast's surroundings by going to Fingal Head Lighthouse (in Fingal Head) and New Govardhana Australia (in Eungella). Spend the 22nd (Wed) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Greenmount Beach, enjoy the sea views from Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Augustine's Catholic Church, and get impressive views of Mount Warning.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip itinerary app .

Getting from Byron Bay to Gold Coast by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): kick back and relax at Burrum Heads Beach.

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Traveling by combination of train and flight from Gold Coast to Hervey Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In May, daytime highs in Hervey Bay are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

Burrum Heads Beach
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nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): explore the activities along Eli Creek and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Wanggoolba Creek.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Fraser Island trip builder website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island in 4.5 hours. On the 28th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Gladstone.

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#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek

2
nights
Gladstone

Gladstone ©
Gladstone is a city in the Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, learn about winemaking at Gecko Valley Winery, stroll through Spinnaker Park, then get great views at Auckland Hill Lookout, and finally let little ones run wild at East Shores Water Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Gladstone vacation maker .

Explore your travel options from Fraser Island to Gladstone with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Rockhampton.

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#Parks, #Wineries, #Fun & Games
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East Shores Water Park ©
East Shores Water Park
Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum ©
Gecko Valley Winery ©
Gecko Valley Winery

1
night
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): engage your brain at FLOW Visitors Centre, examine the collection at Archer Park Rail Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rockhampton driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Gladstone to Rockhampton in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Rockhampton are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Rockhampton

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums
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FLOW Visitors Centre ©
FLOW Visitors Centre
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens
Archer Park Rail Museum ©
Archer Park Rail Museum

1
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Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): view the masterpieces at Fredericks Showcase Space, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Town Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Gooseponds. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Melba House, then kick back and relax at Smalleys Beach, and then get great views at Slade Point.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Mackay trip builder tool .

You can drive from Rockhampton to Mackay in 4 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Mackay

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Melba House, Smalleys Beach
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Town Beach ©
Town Beach
Melba House ©
Melba House
Slade Point ©
Slade Point

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nights
Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Boathaven Beach and Charter Yachts Australia. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Proserpine Museum and Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop. There's still lots to do: hike along Whitsunday Great Walk, step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands, explore the striking landscape of Conway National Park, and choose your vessel at Boab Boat Hire Airlie Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip planner .

You can drive from Mackay to Airlie Beach in 2 hours. Traveling from Mackay in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Airlie Beach, with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Whitsunday Islands, Proserpine Museum
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Charter Yachts Australia ©
Charter Yachts Australia
Whitsunday Great Walk ©
Whitsunday Great Walk
Conway National Park ©
Conway National Park

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Mackay

Mackay ©
On the 5th (Wed), stroll through Harbour Beach, take some stellar pictures from Lamberts Lookout, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mackay General Cemetery.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mackay tour itinerary app .

You can drive from Airlie Beach to Mackay in 2 hours. Traveling from Airlie Beach in June, Mackay is little chillier at night with lows of 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Rockhampton.

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Harbour Beach ©
Harbour Beach
Mackay General Cemetery ©
Mackay General Cemetery
Let the Children Play Toyshop ©
Let the Children Play Toyshop

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Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rockhampton visit planner .

Traveling by car from Mackay to Rockhampton takes 4 hours. Traveling from Mackay in June, Rockhampton is little chillier at night with lows of 14°C. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Rockhampton

#Shopping, #Museums
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Rockhampton Art Gallery ©
Rockhampton Art Gallery

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Bundaberg

Bundaberg ©
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing Company.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bundaberg trip builder app .

You can take a train from Rockhampton to Bundaberg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Bundaberg sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Bundaberg

#Parks, #Nature, #Breweries

Side Trip

The Basin
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The Basin ©
The Basin
Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery ©
Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery

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Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): kick back and relax at Marcoola Beach, step into the grandiose world of Sunshine Castle, and then explore the striking landscape of Tewantin National Park. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Queensland Air Museum, identify plant and animal life at Point Cartwright, and then enjoy the sea views from Caloundra Lighthouses.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Noosa trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Bundaberg to Noosa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

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Marcoola Beach, Point Cartwright, Caloundra Lighthouses, Sunshine Castle, Queensland Air Museum
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Tewantin National Park ©
Tewantin National Park
Sunshine Castle ©
Sunshine Castle
Caloundra Lighthouses ©
Caloundra Lighthouses

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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 11th (Tue): kick back and relax at Moffat Beach, then explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, then get lost in a book at State Library Of Queensland, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Dicky Beach and then wander the streets of Queen Street Mall.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Brisbane journey maker app .

You can drive from Noosa to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yamba.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Queen Street Mall
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
State Library Of Queensland ©
State Library Of Queensland

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Yamba

Yamba ©
Yamba is a town in northern New South Wales, Australia at the mouth of the Clarence River. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): stroll through Spooky Beach, stroll through Main Beach Yamba, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Turners Beach, then view the masterpieces at Witzig Gallery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): choose your vessel at Yamba Pedal Boats, then stroll through Pippi Beach, and then get engrossed in the history at Maclean District Historical Society Incorporated.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Yamba visit planner.

You can drive from Brisbane to Yamba in 3.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Brisbane in June since evenings lows in Yamba dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Yamba

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

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Maclean, Spooky Beach, Christ Church Cathedral
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Main Beach Yamba ©
Main Beach Yamba
Pippi Beach ©
Pippi Beach
Spooky Beach ©
Spooky Beach

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Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
On the 15th (Sat), tee off at Port Macquarie Driving Range and Mini Golf, sample the tasty concoctions at Black Duck Brewery, then see the interesting displays at Port Macquarie Museum, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Port Macquarie trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Yamba to Port Macquarie takes 4 hours. While traveling from Yamba, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Katoomba.

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#Breweries, #Outdoors, #Museums
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Black Duck Brewery ©
Black Duck Brewery
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Port Macquarie Museum

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Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to All Saints Cathedral Bathurst and Miss Traill’s House. Take a break from the city and head to The National Pass and Abercrombie Caves. Change things up with a short trip to Hartley Historic Village in Little Hartley (about 42 minutes away). There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Pulpit Rock Lookout, explore and take pictures at Lincoln's Rock, browse the different shops at Leura Mall, and see the interesting displays at Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Katoomba trip maker .

You can drive from Port Macquarie to Katoomba in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Port Macquarie in June, expect nights in Katoomba to be little chillier, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Katoomba

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bathurst, Blue Mountains National Park, Leura Mall, Evans Lookout, Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum
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Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Hartley Historic Village ©
Hartley Historic Village

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): hike along ANZAC Parade Walk, then steep yourself in history at Lanyon Homestead, and then get curious at Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): do a tasting at Wily Trout Vineyard and then do a tasting at McKellar Ridge Wines.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Canberra road trip planner.

Drive from Katoomba to Canberra in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, Canberra is slightly colder than Katoomba - with highs of 15°C and lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Canberra

#Outdoors, #Wineries, #Parks

Side Trips

Murrumbateman, Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex
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ANZAC Parade Walk
ANZAC Parade Walk
McKellar Ridge Wines ©
McKellar Ridge Wines

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