17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Drive:  3​h 45​min
1
Ballandean
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Tamworth
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Forbes
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Canberra
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Wollongong
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Blackheath
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Pokolbin
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
8
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
9
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Brisbane


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2
nights
Ballandean

Ballandean ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Girraween National Park and Wallangara Train Station.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ballandean journey planner .

Brisbane to Ballandean is an approximately 3-hour car ride. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Tamworth.

Things to do in Ballandean

Nature Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Savina Lane Wines, Anna's Candles, Wallangara Train Station
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Girraween National Park ©
Girraween National Park
Symphony Hill Winery ©
Symphony Hill Winery
Wallangara Train Station ©
Wallangara Train Station

2
nights
Tamworth

Tamworth ©
Tamworth is a city in the New England region of New South Wales, Australia. On the 12th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Truck Drivers Memorial, get great views at Oxley Scenic Lookout, then identify plant and animal life at Tamworth Marsupial Park, and finally examine the collection at Walk A Country Mile Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): get outside with Leconfield.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tamworth tour planner .

Traveling by car from Ballandean to Tamworth takes 4 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Tamworth can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Forbes.

Things to do in Tamworth

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Leconfield
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Leconfield ©
Leconfield
Oxley Scenic Lookout ©
Oxley Scenic Lookout
Truck Drivers Memorial ©
Truck Drivers Memorial

1
night
Forbes

Forbes ©
Forbes is a town in the Central West region of New South Wales, Australia, located on the Newell Highway between Parkes and West Wyalong. On the 14th (Wed), make a trip to Gum Swamp & Bird Hide, examine the collection at McFeeters Motor Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Forbes Historical Museum, then stroll the grounds of Forbes Cemetery, and finally pause for some photo ops at Dogman and Rabbitgirl Pyramid Sculpture.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Forbes planner .

You can drive from Tamworth to Forbes in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Forbes

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dogman and Rabbitgirl Pyramid Sculpture
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McFeeters Motor Museum ©
McFeeters Motor Museum
Gum Swamp & Bird Hide ©
Gum Swamp & Bird Hide
Forbes Historical Museum ©
Forbes Historical Museum

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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 15th (Thu): see the interesting displays at National Bonsai & Penjing Collection, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, then trek along ANZAC Parade Walk, and finally appreciate the history behind Australian Service Nurses Memorial. On the next day, appreciate the history behind Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Canberra holiday maker tool .

You can drive from Forbes to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in August, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Wollongong.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
ANZAC Parade Walk
ANZAC Parade Walk
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve ©
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

1
night
Wollongong

Wollongong ©
Wollongong, informally referred to as "The Gong", is a seaside city located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): examine the collection at The Australian Motorlife Museum and then walk around Hill 60 Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Wollongong holiday maker .

You can drive from Canberra to Wollongong in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Canberra in August, with highs in Wollongong at 21°C and lows at 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Blackheath.

Things to do in Wollongong

Museums Parks
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The Australian Motorlife Museum ©
The Australian Motorlife Museum
Hill 60 Park ©
Hill 60 Park

2
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Blackheath

Blackheath ©
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at The Campbell Rhododendron Gardens, don't miss a visit to Day FIne Art, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Victory Theatre Antique Centre, and finally head outdoors with Evans Lookout.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Blackheath online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Wollongong to Blackheath by car takes about 2.5 hours. August in Blackheath sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Pokolbin.

Things to do in Blackheath

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Evans Lookout ©
Evans Lookout
The Campbell Rhododendron Gardens ©
The Campbell Rhododendron Gardens
Perry's Lookdown ©
Perry's Lookdown

3
nights
Pokolbin

Pokolbin ©
With its first vineyards established in the mid 19th century, wine tourism in Pokolbin remains a major draw.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bathers Way Coastal Walk and Room Escape Games. Change things up with these side-trips from Pokolbin: Convict Trail (in Wisemans Ferry) and Newcastle Memorial Walk (in Newcastle). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Hunter Valley Gardens and learn about winemaking at Petersons Wines Broke Road.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Pokolbin holiday maker app .

You can drive from Blackheath to Pokolbin in 3.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Pokolbin can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Pokolbin

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Newcastle, Convict Trail
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Hunter Valley Gardens ©
Hunter Valley Gardens
Newcastle Memorial Walk ©
Newcastle Memorial Walk
Petersons Wines Broke Road ©
Petersons Wines Broke Road

1
night
Coffs Harbour

Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours and then grab your bike and head to Coffs Creek Walk and Cycleway.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Coffs Harbour online vacation planner .

You can drive from Pokolbin to Coffs Harbour in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Coffs Harbour can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Outdoors Tours Trails
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take a memorable tour with Tours, stroll through Cape Byron Walking Track, and then stop by Byron Bay Cookies Retail Store. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Byron Bay trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Byron Bay sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Food Tours
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Kayaking & Canoeing

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