17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Drive:  3​h 45​min
1
Wangaratta
— 1 night
2
Sydney
— 2 nights
3
Newcastle
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Ocean Shores
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Bellingen
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Forster
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Blue Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
9
Albury
— 1 night
End: Melbourne

1
night
Wangaratta

Wangaratta ©
Wangaratta is a cathedral city in the northeast of Victoria, Australia, approximately 250km from Melbourne along the Hume Highway. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at Glenrowan Blacksmith Shop & Armoury.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Wangaratta trip planner .

Melbourne to Wangaratta is an approximately 3-hour car ride. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in January: highs in Wangaratta hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Sydney.

Things to do in Wangaratta

Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Glenrowan Blacksmith Shop & Armoury
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Wangaratta Art Gallery ©
Wangaratta Art Gallery

2
nights
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.
For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sydney sightseeing site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wangaratta to Sydney. While traveling from Wangaratta, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 23°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Newcastle.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Bouddi National Park
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Bouddi National Park ©
Bouddi National Park
Hyde Park Barracks Museum ©
Hyde Park Barracks Museum

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Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): do a tasting at Petersons Wines Broke Road, then learn about winemaking at Hanging Tree Wines, and then do a tasting at Mount View Estate Winery.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Newcastle trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sydney to Newcastle in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Newcastle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pokolbin, Mount View Estate Winery, Caves Beach
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Hanging Tree Wines ©
Hanging Tree Wines
Petersons Wines Broke Road ©
Petersons Wines Broke Road
Mount View Estate Winery ©
Mount View Estate Winery

1
night
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): kick back and relax at Diggers beach and then grab your bike and head to Coffs Creek Walk and Cycleway.

To find out how to plan a trip to Coffs Harbour, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Newcastle to Coffs Harbour takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Coffs Harbour are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ocean Shores.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Diggers beach ©
Diggers beach

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nights
Ocean Shores

Ocean Shores ©
Visiting Lennox Head Beach and Springbrook National Park will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bexhill Open Air Cathedral and Fingal Head Lighthouse. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ocean Shores: Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah), St.Andrew's Anglican Church (in Lismore) and Broken Head Beach (in Broken Head).

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ocean Shores online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Coffs Harbour to Ocean Shores takes 3 hours. In January in Ocean Shores, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Bellingen.

Things to do in Ocean Shores

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Broken Head Beach, St.Andrew's Anglican Church, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Bexhill Open Air Cathedral
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach

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Bellingen

Bellingen ©
Bellingen is a small town on Waterfall Way on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia. On the 15th (Tue), look for gifts at The Yellow Shed, then take in the exciting artwork at Theblackhole, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Northbank Community Garden.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Bellingen trip planner.

Drive from Ocean Shores to Bellingen in 3.5 hours. January in Bellingen sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Forster.

Things to do in Bellingen

Parks Shopping Museums
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Northbank Community Garden ©
Northbank Community Garden
Theblackhole ©
Theblackhole
The Yellow Shed ©
The Yellow Shed

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Forster

Forster ©
Forster is a coastal town in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, in the Mid-Coast Council LGA, about 308km north-north-east of Sydney. On the 16th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at One Mile Beach, view the masterpieces at Whitewashed Gallery, then experience rural life at Colin Wren Oysters, and finally stroll through Seal Rocks.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Forster tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Bellingen to Forster in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Blue Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Forster

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Whitewashed Gallery, Colin Wren Oysters
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One Mile Beach ©
One Mile Beach

2
nights
Blue Mountains National Park

Blue Mountains National Park ©
This is the official community page for Blue Mountains National Park. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, then explore and take pictures at The National Pass, then take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Pulpit Rock Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Perry's Lookdown.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Blue Mountains National Park road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Forster to Blue Mountains National Park takes 5.5 hours. January in Blue Mountains National Park sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 19th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Albury.

Things to do in Blue Mountains National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Perry's Lookdown, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden
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Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden ©
The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden

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Albury

Albury ©
Albury, a major regional city in New South Wales, Australia, is located on the Hume Highway and the northern side of the Murray River. To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Albury driving holiday planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Blue Mountains National Park to Albury. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Albury

Museums

Side Trip

Bonegilla Migrant Experience
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Bonegilla Migrant Experience ©
Bonegilla Migrant Experience

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