12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
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Melbourne
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Ballarat
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Lorne
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Newhaven
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Charlottes Pass
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Kangaroo Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Katoomba
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Hobart
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

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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 22nd (Mon): examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Melbourne trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Melbourne. In July in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Ballarat.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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Ballarat

Ballarat ©
Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
On the 24th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Sovereign Hill, then don't miss a visit to Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, and then make a trip to Arch of Victory.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Ballarat trip planner .

You can take a train from Melbourne to Ballarat in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. July in Ballarat sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lorne.

Things to do in Ballarat

Historic Sites Museums
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Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill

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Lorne

Lorne ©
Lorne is a seaside town on Louttit Bay in Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Great Ocean Road Story, admire the sheer force of Erskine Falls, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Lorne Beach.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lorne trip planner .

Getting from Ballarat to Lorne by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in July, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Newhaven.

Things to do in Lorne

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Lorne Beach ©
Lorne Beach
Erskine Falls ©
Erskine Falls
Great Ocean Road Story ©
Great Ocean Road Story

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Newhaven

Newhaven ©
Newhaven is a town in southern Victoria, in the south Gippsland region. On the 26th (Fri), step off the mainland to explore Koala Conservation Centre, meet the residents at The Nobbies Centre, look for gifts at Tyde, take in the waterfront at Rhyll Jetty, then Head underground at Forrest Caves, and finally learn about all things military at National Vietnam Veterans Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Newhaven trip website .

Traveling by car from Lorne to Newhaven takes 3.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Newhaven are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Charlottes Pass.

Things to do in Newhaven

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cowes, The Nobbies Centre, Rhyll Jetty
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The Nobbies Centre ©
The Nobbies Centre
Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre
National Vietnam Veterans Museum ©
National Vietnam Veterans Museum

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Charlottes Pass

Charlottes Pass ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): stroll through Charlotte Pass Ski Resort, then hit the slopes at Charlotte Pass, and then take a leisurely stroll along Snow Gums Boardwalk.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Charlottes Pass trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Newhaven to Charlottes Pass with the Route module. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Newhaven in July; daily highs in Charlottes Pass reach 11°C and lows reach -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Charlottes Pass

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Kosciuszko National Park
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Charlotte Pass ©
Charlotte Pass
Charlotte Pass Ski Resort ©
Charlotte Pass Ski Resort

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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 28th (Sun): get curious at Questacon, get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, then ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Breakr.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Canberra trip planner .

Drive from Charlottes Pass to Canberra in 3 hours. In July in Canberra, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Kangaroo Valley.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Fun & Games
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Questacon ©
Questacon
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia

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Kangaroo Valley

Kangaroo Valley ©
Kangaroo Valley is a river valley along the Kangaroo River in the Shoalhaven region of New South Wales, Australia, located west of the seaside in the City of Shoalhaven. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Kangaroo Valley Pioneer Village Museum, take in the views from Hampden Bridge, and then explore the striking landscape of Bendeela Camping and Picnic Area.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kangaroo Valley online vacation planner .

You can drive from Canberra to Kangaroo Valley in 2.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Canberra in July: high temperatures in Kangaroo Valley hover around 19°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Kangaroo Valley

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Kangaroo Valley Pioneer Village Museum ©
Hampden Bridge ©
Hampden Bridge

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Katoomba

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 30th (Tue): get great views at The Three Sisters, take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath, admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, and finally look for gifts at OMNIA a little bit of everywhere.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Katoomba road trip website .

Traveling by car from Kangaroo Valley to Katoomba takes 3 hours. Traveling from Kangaroo Valley in July, expect little chillier with lows of 3°C in Katoomba. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Gallery Blackheath, Everglades Historic House and Gardens
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters

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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.
On the 31st (Wed), kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, then catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, then snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and then get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sydney travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Katoomba in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors
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Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

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Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, then admire the masterpieces at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hobart trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Hobart takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in August; daily highs in Hobart reach 15°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Wildlife Childrens Museums
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Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens ©

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