17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Gold Coast
Fly:  4​h
1
Melbourne
— 1 night
ferry + Drive:  14​h 15​min
2
Richmond
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Launceston
— 4 nights
Drive + ferry:  12​h 15​min
4
Melbourne
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Torquay
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
6
Lorne
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Port Campbell
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Ballarat
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
9
Wagga Wagga
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
10
Dubbo
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
11
Goondiwindi
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
End: Gold Coast


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1
night
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 21st (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and then browse the different shops at Melbourne Central.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planner .

Gold Coast to Melbourne is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in December, plan for little chillier nights in Melbourne, with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Richmond.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

3
nights
Richmond

Richmond ©
Richmond is a town in Tasmania about 25 km north-east of Hobart, in the Coal River region, between the Midland Highway and Tasman Highway. Let the collections at Museum of Old and New Art and Port Arthur Historic Site capture your imagination. Get outdoors at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Seven Mile Beach. Go for a jaunt from Richmond to Taranna to see Tasmanian Devil Unzoo about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Puddleduck Vineyard, explore the galleries of Richmond Gaol, look for gifts at The Wicked Cheese Co., and snap pictures at Richmond Bridge.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Richmond trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Melbourne to Richmond in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: highs in Richmond hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Richmond

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Berriedale, Port Arthur Historic Site, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Seven Mile Beach, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Museum of Old and New Art ©
Museum of Old and New Art
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

4
nights
Launceston

Launceston ©
Lying in the Tamar Valley and surrounded by forested hills, the grid-patterned city of Launceston boasts shaded avenues, vibrant street life, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
James Boag Brewery Experience has been added to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley and stop by Gourlay's Sweet Shop.

Make your Launceston itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Richmond to Launceston in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Launceston are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. You'll set off for Melbourne on the 30th (Sun).

Things to do in Launceston

Nature Parks Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:
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The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley
James Boag Brewery Experience ©
James Boag Brewery Experience
Gourlay's Sweet Shop ©
Gourlay's Sweet Shop

1
night
Melbourne

Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): stroll through Melbourne Zoo, then see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then take a stroll through Degraves Street, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Melbourne trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from Devonport to Melbourne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Devonport in December; daily highs in Melbourne reach 30°C and lows reach 14°C. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Torquay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Degraves Street ©
Degraves Street

few
hours
Torquay

Torquay ©
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Torquay tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Torquay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Torquay sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Lorne.

Things to do in Torquay

Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Geelong
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
National Wool Museum ©
National Wool Museum

1
night
Lorne

Lorne ©
Lorne is a seaside town on Louttit Bay in Victoria, Australia. To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lorne journey builder .

Traveling by car from Torquay to Lorne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Lorne can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Lorne

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Split Point Lighthouse
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Split Point Lighthouse ©
Split Point Lighthouse
Great Ocean Road Story ©
Great Ocean Road Story

few
hours
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Port Campbell online trip builder .

You can drive from Lorne to Port Campbell in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Ballarat.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Shopping Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
Apostle Whey Cheese ©
Apostle Whey Cheese

1
night
Ballarat

Ballarat ©
Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ballarat tour itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Port Campbell to Ballarat in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Ballarat sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Wagga Wagga.

Things to do in Ballarat

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill
Ballarat Botanical Gardens ©
Ballarat Botanical Gardens

1
night
Wagga Wagga

Wagga Wagga ©
The town of Wagga Wagga has an abnormally high percentage of athletic success.
For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Wagga Wagga day trip app .

You can drive from Ballarat to Wagga Wagga in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ballarat in January: high temperatures in Wagga Wagga hover around 38°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Dubbo.

Things to do in Wagga Wagga

Museums Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery ©
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
RAAF Wagga Aviation Heritage Centre ©
Museum of the Riverina ©
Museum of the Riverina

1
night
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.
On the 5th (Sat), meet the residents at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, then do a tasting at Red Earth Estate, then steep yourself in history at Old Dubbo Gaol, and finally identify plant and animal life at Maquarie River.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Dubbo online vacation planner .

Getting from Wagga Wagga to Dubbo by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly. In January in Dubbo, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Goondiwindi.

Things to do in Dubbo

Parks Nature Nightlife
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:

1
night
Goondiwindi

Goondiwindi ©
→←Goondiwindi is a town and a locality in the Goondiwindi Region, Queensland, Australia.. On the 5th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, then examine the collection at Customs House Museum, then make a trip to Gunsynd The Goondiwindi Grey, and finally make a splash at Goondiwindi Natural Heritage & Water Park.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Goondiwindi trip planner .

Traveling by car from Dubbo to Goondiwindi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Goondiwindi

Theme Parks Parks Museums
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Customs House Museum ©
Customs House Museum

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