18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Geelong
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Colac
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
2
Camperdown
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Port Fairy
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
4
Warrnambool
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
5
Port Campbell
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
6
Princetown
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
7
Ferguson
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
8
Lorne
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
9
Anglesea
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
10
Torquay
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
11
Geelong
— Few hours
train:  1​h
12
Melbourne
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
13
Cowes
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
14
Wilsons Promontory National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
15
Lakes Entrance
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
16
Narooma
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
17
Merimbula
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
18
Batemans Bay
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
19
Jervis Bay
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
20
Kiama
— 7 nights
bus:  30​min
21
Wollongong
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
22
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

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Colac

Colac ©
Colac is a small city in the Western District of Victoria, Australia, approximately 150 kilometres south-west of Melbourne on the southern shore of Lake Colac and the surrounding volcanic plains, approximately 40km inland from Bass Strait. You've now added Red Rock to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Colac tour planner.

Geelong to Colac is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. In August in Colac, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Camperdown.

Things to do in Colac

Parks Nature
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Red Rock ©
Red Rock

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Camperdown

Camperdown ©
Camperdown is a historically significant rural town in southwestern Victoria, Australia, west of the state capital, Melbourne. You've added Gnotuk Lookout, Courthouse Camperdown, Manifold Clock Tower, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Mt Leura lookout, enjoy breathtaking views from Gnotuk Lookout, then don't miss a visit to Manifold Clock Tower, and finally get your bearings at Courthouse Camperdown.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Camperdown travel planner .

You can drive from Colac to Camperdown in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Port Fairy.

Things to do in Camperdown

Parks Nature
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Mt Leura lookout ©
Mt Leura lookout
Manifold Clock Tower ©
Manifold Clock Tower

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Port Fairy

Port Fairy ©
Port Fairy is a coastal town in south-western Victoria, Australia. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Port Fairy Lighthouse On Griffiths Island as well as Moyne River. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Moyne River.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Port Fairy trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Camperdown to Port Fairy takes 1.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Sun) before leaving for Warrnambool.

Things to do in Port Fairy

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Moyne River ©
Moyne River

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Warrnambool

Warrnambool ©
Warrnambool is a regional centre and former port city on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Logan's Beach, Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village and Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve. On the 1st (Sun), contemplate the geological forces at Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, see the interesting displays at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Logan's Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Warrnambool online attractions planner .

Warrnambool is just a stone's throw from Port Fairy. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Warrnambool

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve ©
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village ©
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village

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Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes London Bridge, Twelve Apostles and Gibsons Steps. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the activities along Bay of Islands, explore the striking landscape at London Bridge, then take some stellar pictures from Loch Ard Gorge, then explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles, and finally identify plant and animal life at Gibsons Steps.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Port Campbell trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Warrnambool to Port Campbell takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Princetown.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Twelve Apostles, Bay of Islands
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Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Bay of Islands ©
Bay of Islands

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Princetown

Princetown
To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Princetown travel tool .

Princetown is very close to Port Campbell. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Mon) before leaving for Weeaproinah.

Things to do in Princetown

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Ferguson

Ferguson ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mariners Lookout as well as Otway Fly Treetop Adventures. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): trek along Otway Fly Treetop Adventures, take a peaceful walk through The Redwoods, and then take some stellar pictures from Mariners Lookout.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ferguson trip planning app .

You can drive from Princetown to Ferguson in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lorne.

Things to do in Ferguson

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

The Redwoods, Mariners Lookout, Otway Fly Treetop Adventures
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The Redwoods ©
The Redwoods
Mariners Lookout ©
Mariners Lookout
Otway Fly Treetop Adventures ©
Otway Fly Treetop Adventures

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Lorne

Lorne ©
Lorne is a seaside town on Louttit Bay in Victoria, Australia. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Lorne Pier as well as Teddy's Lookout. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Teddy's Lookout, then don't miss a visit to The Lorne Pier, and then don't miss a visit to Great Ocean Road Memorial Archway.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Lorne trip builder website .

You can drive from Ferguson to Lorne in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Anglesea.

Things to do in Lorne

Historic Sites
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Teddy's Lookout ©
Teddy's Lookout

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Anglesea

Anglesea
Anglesea is a town in Victoria, Australia. To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Anglesea online travel route builder .

You can drive from Lorne to Anglesea in an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 7°C. You will leave for Torquay on the 3rd (Tue).

Things to do in Anglesea

Parks Outdoors Tours
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Australian Skydive. On the 3rd (Tue), take a memorable tour with Australian Skydive.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Torquay sightseeing planning app .

Torquay is just a short distance from Anglesea. In September, daytime highs in Torquay are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Geelong.

Things to do in Torquay

Tours Outdoors
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Geelong

Geelong
Geelong is a port city located on Corio Bay and the Barwon River, in the state of Victoria, Australia, 75km south-west of the state capital, Melbourne. To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Geelong online travel planner .

Geelong is just a short distance from Torquay. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. On the 3rd (Tue), you're off toMelbourne.

Things to do in Geelong

Parks Outdoors Tours
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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 3rd (Tue): see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner .

Take a train from Geelong to Melbourne in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cowes.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Eureka Skydeck ©
Eureka Skydeck

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Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at National Vietnam Veterans Museum, head off the coast to Koala Conservation Centre, and then make a trip to Kennet River.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cowes trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Cowes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Wed) before leaving for Wilsons Promontory National Park.

Things to do in Cowes

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kennet River, National Vietnam Veterans Museum, St Joseph's Church
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Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre
National Vietnam Veterans Museum ©
St Joseph's Church ©
St Joseph's Church

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Wilsons Promontory National Park

Wilsons Promontory National Park ©
Fondly known as ‘The Prom’, Wilsons Promontory is one of Victoria’s best loved national parks.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Mt Oberon Summit Walk, kick back and relax at Norman Beach, then kick back and relax at Whisky Beach, and finally take some stellar pictures from Norman Lookout.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Wilsons Promontory National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cowes to Wilsons Promontory National Park takes 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Lakes Entrance.

Things to do in Wilsons Promontory National Park

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Norman Lookout ©
Norman Lookout

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Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance ©
Lakes Entrance is a seaside resort and fishing port in eastern Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the activities along Gippsland Lakes and then take some stellar pictures from Jemmys Point Lookout.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Lakes Entrance online visit planner .

Getting from Wilsons Promontory National Park to Lakes Entrance by car takes about 3.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Lakes Entrance are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Narooma.

Things to do in Lakes Entrance

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Jemmys Point Lookout
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Gippsland Lakes ©
Gippsland Lakes
Jemmys Point Lookout ©
Jemmys Point Lookout

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Narooma

Narooma is a town in the Australian state of New South Wales on the far south coast. On the 6th (Fri), take some stellar pictures from Bar Rock Lookout and Australia Rock, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then stop by Reva at Tilba, and finally don't miss a visit to Central Tilba Historic Village.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Narooma online journey planner .

You can drive from Lakes Entrance to Narooma in 4.5 hours. September in Narooma sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Merimbula.

Things to do in Narooma

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Central Tilba
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Bar Rock Lookout and Australia Rock ©
Reva  at Tilba ©
Reva at Tilba

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Merimbula

Merimbula ©
Merimbula Merimbula is a town on the Merimbula Lake, located on the Far South Coast or Sapphire Coast of New South Wales, Australia. On the 7th (Sat), take in the waterfront at The Merimbula Boardwalk, identify plant and animal life at Potoroo Palace, and then find something for the whole family at Magic Mountain.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Merimbula sightseeing planner .

Drive from Narooma to Merimbula in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Batemans Bay.

Things to do in Merimbula

Theme Parks Wildlife Parks
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Magic Mountain ©
Magic Mountain
Potoroo Palace ©
Potoroo Palace

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Batemans Bay

Batemans Bay
A happy mix of seaside village and cosmopolitan town, Batemans Bay has an easy and relaxed charm that reminds you life is to be enjoyed.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): get your game on at Batemans Bay Indoor Karting and then putt your heart out at Batemans Bay Mini Golf.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Batemans Bay visit planner.

Getting from Merimbula to Batemans Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Jervis Bay.

Things to do in Batemans Bay

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay
A trip to Jervis Bay will take you to the southern coast of New South Wales, known for allegedly boasting some of the whitest sands in the world.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Point Perpendicular Lightstation.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Jervis Bay day trip planner .

You can drive from Batemans Bay to Jervis Bay in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Jervis Bay are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kiama.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Kiama

Kiama ©
The name Kiama comes from the Aboriginal word Kiaram-a, which allegedly means 'where the sea makes a noise'.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kiama: The Big Potato (in Robertson), The Grape Escape (in Mittagong) and Bowerbird on Argyle (in Moss Vale). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Historical Aircraft Restoration Society, admire the sheer force of Minnamurra Falls, ponder the world of politics at Kiama Municipal Council, and take an in-depth tour of HARS Aviation Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kiama itinerary planning website .

Getting from Jervis Bay to Kiama by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Wollongong.

Things to do in Kiama

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Albion Park Rail, Nowra, Bowerbird on Argyle, The Big Potato, Red Cow Farm
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Historical Aircraft Restoration Society ©
Minnamurra Falls ©
Minnamurra Falls
Kiama Blowhole ©
Kiama Blowhole

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Wollongong

Wollongong ©
Wollongong, informally referred to as "The Gong", is a seaside city located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): make a trip to Wollongong Head Lighthouse.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Wollongong route planner .

Wollongong is just a stone's throw from Kiama. In September, daytime highs in Wollongong are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Sydney.

Things to do in Wollongong

Historic Sites
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Wollongong Head Lighthouse ©
Wollongong Head Lighthouse

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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.
You've now added TreeTops Western Sydney to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): kick your exploration up a notch at TreeTops Western Sydney, wander the streets of The Rocks, look for gifts at DUX Collection Sydney, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, then hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and finally snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner .

Take a train from Wollongong to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Wollongong in September since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 14°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Neighborhoods
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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