17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Bouddi National Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sydney tour builder .

Melbourne to Sydney is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in January since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 23°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Sun) before leaving for Newcastle.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Bouddi National Park
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bouddi National Park ©
Bouddi National Park
Hyde Park Barracks Museum ©
Hyde Park Barracks Museum

3
nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Redhead Beach and Caves Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Petersons Wines Broke Road and Hanging Tree Wines. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Newcastle: Pokolbin (Tulloch Wines, Calais Estate, & more). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Newcastle Beach and view the masterpieces at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Newcastle online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Newcastle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Newcastle are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Ocean Shores.

Things to do in Newcastle

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Pokolbin, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Caves Beach, Redhead Beach
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Newcastle Beach ©
Newcastle Beach
Redhead Beach ©
Redhead Beach
Petersons Wines Broke Road ©
Petersons Wines Broke Road

6
nights
Ocean Shores

Ocean Shores ©
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bexhill Open Air Cathedral and Saint Augustine's Catholic Church. Escape the urban bustle at Lennox Head Beach and Greenmount Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah), Springbrook National Park (in Springbrook) and Tropical Fruit World (in Duranbah).

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ocean Shores road trip tool .

Drive from Newcastle to Ocean Shores in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bellingen.

Things to do in Ocean Shores

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Coolangatta, Burleigh Heads, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Broken Head Beach, Tropical Fruit World
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach

2
nights
Bellingen

Bellingen ©
Bellingen is a small town on Waterfall Way on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Theblackhole, learn about winemaking at Raleigh Vineyard & Winery, then learn about winemaking at Two Tails Wines, and finally take a peaceful walk through Korora Lookout. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Bowraville Folk Museum, then kick back and relax at Scotts Head Beach, then contemplate the long history of Trial Bay Gaol, and finally explore the activities along Urunga Wetlands Boardwalk.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bellingen travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Ocean Shores to Bellingen in 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Bellingen can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Blue Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Bellingen

#Outdoors, #Golf, #Wineries

Side Trips

Bowraville Folk Museum, Trial Bay Gaol, Raleigh Vineyard & Winery, Two Tails Wines, Bonville Golf Resort
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Scotts Head Beach ©
Scotts Head Beach
Trial Bay Gaol ©
Trial Bay Gaol
Raleigh Vineyard & Winery ©
Raleigh Vineyard & Winery

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 18th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, then explore and take pictures at The National Pass, then make a trip to Leura Cascades, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Pulpit Rock Lookout.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Blue Mountains National Park holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bellingen to Blue Mountains National Park. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Albury.

Things to do in Blue Mountains National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trips

Leura Cascades, 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
Leura Cascades ©
Leura Cascades

1
night
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. On the 20th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at St Matthew's Anglican Church, examine the collection at Bonegilla Migrant Experience, then take an in-depth tour of Yackandandah Museum, and finally do a tasting at Gooramadda Olives.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Albury route builder .

Explore your travel options from Blue Mountains National Park to Albury with the Route module. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Albury

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Wineries

Side Trips

Bonegilla Migrant Experience, Yackandandah Museum, Gooramadda Olives
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 20:
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Yackandandah Museum ©
Yackandandah Museum
Gooramadda Olives ©
Gooramadda Olives
Bonegilla Migrant Experience ©
Bonegilla Migrant Experience

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