16 days in Lightning Ridge, Dubbo & Melbourne Itinerary

16 days in Lightning Ridge, Dubbo & Melbourne Itinerary

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16 days in Lightning Ridge, Dubbo & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Lightning Ridge
— 8 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Dubbo
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Drive:  19​h
End: Brisbane

8
nights
Lightning Ridge

Lightning Ridge ©
Lightning Ridge is a town in north-western New South Wales, Australia, in Walgett Shire, near the southern border of Queensland, about six kilometres east of the Castlereagh Highway, and is served in commercial activities by the town of Walgett, some 75 km to the south. Step off the beaten path and head to Artesian Baths and John Murray Art Gallery. Step out of Lightning Ridge to go to Mungindi and see One Ton Post, which is approximately 2 hours away. There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Chambers of The Black Hand, look for gifts at Lost Sea Opals, step into the grandiose world of Amigos Castle, and don't miss a visit to Lightning Ridge.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Lightning Ridge trip planner .

Brisbane to Lightning Ridge is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. On the 30th (Sun), you're off toDubbo.

Things to do in Lightning Ridge

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

One Ton Post
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Amigos Castle ©
Amigos Castle
John Murray Art Gallery ©
John Murray Art Gallery
Chambers of The Black Hand ©
Chambers of The Black Hand

2
nights
Dubbo

Dubbo ©
Visit the city of Dubbo, the most populous urban area in the Orana Region, for an exciting and thriving multicultural city from which to explore the surrounding Great Western Plains.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Red Earth Estate, steep yourself in history at Old Dubbo Gaol, and then appreciate the history behind Glen McGrath Statue. On your second day here, make a trip to Western Plains Cultural Centre, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, and then browse the collection at Macquarie Regional Library.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Dubbo online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Lightning Ridge to Dubbo in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Dubbo are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Dubbo

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Glen McGrath Statue
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Taronga Western Plains Zoo ©
Taronga Western Plains Zoo
Old Dubbo Gaol ©
Old Dubbo Gaol
Western Plains Cultural Centre ©
Western Plains Cultural Centre

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ballarat Wildlife Park and The Enchanted Adventure Garden. Family-friendly places like Eastern Beach Reserve and Australian Centre for the Moving Image will thrill your kids. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Marion Rosetzky Gallery (in Red Hill), Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (in Pearcedale) and Art Gallery of Ballarat (in Ballarat). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Paul's Cathedral, and enjoy breathtaking views from Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.

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Fly from Dubbo to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Dubbo in October, you will find days in Melbourne are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Ballarat, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Marion Rosetzky Gallery, Eastern Beach Reserve, Dandenong Ranges National Park
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Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
The Enchanted Adventure Garden ©
The Enchanted Adventure Garden

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