17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Drive:  4​h 45​min
1
Narooma
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
2
Lakes Entrance
— 1 night
Drive:  29​h
3
Torquay
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
4
Lorne
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Apollo Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Princetown
— 1 night
taxi + bus:  1​h 30​min
7
Warrnambool
— 1 night
8
Ballarat
— 1 night
9
Melbourne
— 5 nights
10
Albury
— 1 night
End: Sydney

1
night
Narooma

Narooma ©
Narooma is a town in the Australian state of New South Wales on the far south coast. On the 15th (Sat), get great views at Bar Rock Lookout and Australia Rock and then kick back and relax at Brou Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Narooma visit website .

Sydney to Narooma is an approximately 5-hour car ride. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Narooma hover around 26°C and lows are around 16°C. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lakes Entrance.

Things to do in Narooma

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Reva at Tilba, Brou Beach, Abc Cheese Factory Central Tilba, Broulee Island Walk
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Broulee Island Walk ©
Broulee Island Walk
Bar Rock Lookout and Australia Rock ©
Reva at Tilba ©
Reva at Tilba

1
night
Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance ©
Lakes Entrance is a seaside resort and fishing port in eastern Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Gippsland Lakes.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lakes Entrance road trip tool .

Drive from Narooma to Lakes Entrance in 5 hours. December in Lakes Entrance sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Torquay.

Things to do in Lakes Entrance

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Gippsland Lakes ©
Gippsland Lakes

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at 13th Beach, kick back and relax at Eastern Beach Reserve, and then have some family-friendly fun at The Rock Adventure Centre.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Torquay trip planner.

You can drive from Lakes Entrance to Torquay in 5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Torquay are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lorne.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Geelong, 13th Beach
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
13th Beach ©
13th Beach
The Rock Adventure Centre ©
The Rock Adventure Centre

2
nights
Lorne

Lorne ©
Lorne is a seaside town on Louttit Bay in Victoria, Australia. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Erskine Falls. Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Split Point Lighthouse, stroll through Bark Hut Reserve, then take in the dramatic scenery at Erskine Falls, and finally don't miss a visit to Teddy's Lookout. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the lush surroundings at Lorne Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lorne trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Torquay to Lorne by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. December in Lorne sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Apollo Bay.

Things to do in Lorne

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Aireys Inlet
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Lorne Beach ©
Lorne Beach
Erskine Falls ©
Erskine Falls
Teddy's Lookout ©
Teddy's Lookout

1
night
Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): stroll through Mait's Rest, then explore and take pictures at Karmic Goat Soapworks, and then hike along Great Ocean Walk.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Apollo Bay trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Lorne to Apollo Bay takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Princetown.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Trails Outdoors Parks
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Great Ocean Walk ©
Great Ocean Walk
Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest
Karmic Goat Soapworks ©
Karmic Goat Soapworks

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night
Princetown

Princetown ©
On the 23rd (Sun), explore and take pictures at Loch Ard Gorge, then make a trip to Gibsons Steps, and then explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Princetown holiday planner.

You can drive from Apollo Bay to Princetown in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Warrnambool.

Things to do in Princetown

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Port Campbell
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Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Gibsons Steps ©
Gibsons Steps

1
night
Warrnambool

Warrnambool ©
Warrnambool is a regional centre and former port city on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground, tour the water at your own pace with Lake Pertobe Motor Boats, then contemplate the geological forces at Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, and finally head off the coast to Griffiths Island.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Warrnambool tour planner .

Do a combination of taxi and bus from Princetown to Warrnambool in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ballarat.

Things to do in Warrnambool

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Griffiths Island
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Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve ©
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve
Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground ©
Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground
Griffiths Island ©
Griffiths Island

1
night
Ballarat

Ballarat ©
Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Sovereign Hill, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wendouree, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Ballarat Botanical Gardens.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ballarat trip app .

You can drive from Warrnambool to Ballarat in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Ballarat are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Melbourne.

Things to do in Ballarat

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill
Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree
Ballarat Botanical Gardens ©
Ballarat Botanical Gardens

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Eureka Skydeck 88. Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee, about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Ballarat to Melbourne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Albury.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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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. Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): have fun and explore at MAMA - Murray Art Museum Albury, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Hume, then examine the collection at Bonegilla Migrant Experience, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Albury Botanic Garden.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Albury online holiday planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Albury in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect nights in Albury to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 35°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albury

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Bonegilla Migrant Experience
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Albury Botanic Garden ©
Albury Botanic Garden
MAMA - Murray Art Museum Albury ©
MAMA - Murray Art Museum Albury
Bonegilla Migrant Experience ©
Bonegilla Migrant Experience

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