14 days in New South Wales, Victoria & Australian Capital Territory Itinerary

14 days in New South Wales, Victoria & Australian Capital Territory Itinerary

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14 days in New South Wales, Victoria & Australian Capital Territory Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  18​h
1
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Port Campbell
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
4
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
5
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Port Macquarie
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks and then wander the streets of Darling Harbour. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see a show at Sydney Opera House, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary planning site .

Los Angeles, USA to Sydney is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles to Sydney, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Los Angeles in November since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Outdoors Parks
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Cathedral, then learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Sydney in November, with lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

2
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Port Campbell National Park. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Gibsons Steps, take in the dramatic natural features at The Razorback, then take some stellar pictures from Loch Ard Gorge, and finally explore the striking landscape at London Bridge.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Port Campbell day trip website .

Getting from Melbourne to Port Campbell by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
Gibsons Steps ©
Gibsons Steps

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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 18th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Australia and then admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Old Parliament House and then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Canberra trip maker .

You can drive from Port Campbell to Canberra in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, shuttle, and flight. November in Canberra sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
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National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery
National Museum of Australia ©
National Museum of Australia
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial

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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 (Tue), find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, view the masterpieces at Jules Hunt Studio Gallery, then hike along Cape Byron Walking Track, and finally take some stellar pictures from Broken Head Nature Reserve.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay holiday maker site .

Getting from Canberra to Byron Bay by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Canberra in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Byron Bay: highs are around 82°F and lows about 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Adventure Parks

Side Trip

Broken Head Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 20:
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Broken Head Nature Reserve ©
Broken Head Nature Reserve

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Coastal walk and Koala Hospital. Explore hidden gems such as Trial Bay Gaol and Tacking Point Lighthouse. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Macquarie: South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse & Maritime Museum South West Rocks). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie and pause for some serene contemplation at St Thomas Anglican Church.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Port Macquarie trip planner.

Getting from Byron Bay to Port Macquarie by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Byron Bay in November: highs in Port Macquarie hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

South West Rocks
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Trial Bay Gaol ©
Trial Bay Gaol

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