18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Verona
train + Fly:  28​h
1
Melbourne
— 1 day
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Ballarat
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Port Campbell
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Portland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Mount Gambier
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
6
Devonport
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Strahan
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
8
Hobart
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Swansea
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
10
Lakes Entrance
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h
11
Echuca
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
12
Albury
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
13
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
14
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  25​h
End: Verona

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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 6th (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary planning app .

Verona, Italy to Melbourne is an approximately 28-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) is 9 hours. In February, Melbourne is much hotter than Verona - with highs of 32°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Ballarat.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Eureka Skydeck ©
Eureka Skydeck

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Ballarat

Ballarat ©
Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): browse the exhibits of Sovereign Hill, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wendouree, and then admire the natural beauty at Ballarat Botanical Gardens.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ballarat trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by train from Melbourne to Ballarat takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in February, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Port Campbell.

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

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Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Islands, don't miss a visit to The Grotto, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Port Campbell trip site .

Getting from Ballarat to Port Campbell by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Twelve Apostles, Bay of Islands
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Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Bay of Islands ©
Bay of Islands
The Grotto ©
The Grotto

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Portland

Portland ©
Portland is a city in Victoria, Australia, and is the oldest European settlement in the state. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at World War II Memorial Lookout, then enjoy the sea views from Whaler's Bluff Lighthouse, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Nelson lighthouse, and finally identify plant and animal life at Cape Nelson State Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Portland trip planner .

Getting from Port Campbell to Portland by car takes about 2.5 hours. February in Portland sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Mount Gambier.

Things to do in Portland

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Cape Nelson State Park ©
Cape Nelson State Park
Cape Nelson lighthouse ©
Cape Nelson lighthouse
World War II Memorial Lookout ©
World War II Memorial Lookout

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Mount Gambier

Mount Gambier ©
The most popular sites in Mount Bambier are the caves, where you can go cave diving.
On the 10th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Cave Gardens, take in the dramatic natural features at Umpherston Sinkhole, and then contemplate the waterfront views at The Blue Lake.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Mount Gambier travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Portland to Mount Gambier takes 1.5 hours. February in Mount Gambier sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Devonport.

Things to do in Mount Gambier

Parks Nature
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The Blue Lake ©
The Blue Lake
Umpherston Sinkhole ©
Umpherston Sinkhole
Cave Gardens ©
Cave Gardens

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Devonport

Devonport ©
Looking out across the Bass Strait towards Melbourne, Devonport stands out against a backdrop of rolling hills, pastures, and coastal bluffs.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): examine the collection at Don River Railway, then stroll through The Tasmanian Arboretum, then relax in the rural setting at Turners Beach Berry Patch, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Coles Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Devonport day trip planner .

Fly from Mount Gambier to Devonport in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. In February, daytime highs in Devonport are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Strahan.

Things to do in Devonport

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Turners Beach Berry Patch
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Coles Beach ©
Coles Beach
The Tasmanian Arboretum ©
The Tasmanian Arboretum
Don River Railway ©
Don River Railway

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Strahan

Strahan ©
Combine breathtaking nature and genuine hospitality, wrap it up in small-town scenery, and you get Strahan, Tasmania.
On the 12th (Tue), get outside with Henty Dunes, then examine the collection at Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill, then look for gifts at Wilderness Woodworks, and finally admire the sheer force of Hogarth Falls.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Strahan travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Devonport to Strahan by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Strahan

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Henty Dunes ©
Henty Dunes
Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill ©
Morrisons Huon Pine Sawmill
Wilderness Woodworks Strahan ©
Wilderness Woodworks Strahan

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Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, and finally step off the mainland to explore Macquarie Island.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hobart itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Strahan to Hobart takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. February in Hobart sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Swansea.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Macquarie Island
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Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Macquarie Island ©
Macquarie Island

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Swansea

Swansea ©
On Tasmania's east coast, Swansea was the third municipality to be established in Australia.
On the 14th (Thu), take in the views from Spiky Bridge, let little ones run wild at Melshell Oysters, do a tasting at Devil's Corner Cellar Door, then do a tasting at Gala Estate Vineyard, and finally learn about winemaking at Milton Vineyard.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Swansea attractions planner.

You can drive from Hobart to Swansea in 2 hours. February in Swansea sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lakes Entrance.

Things to do in Swansea

Wineries Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Melshell Oyster Shack, Gala Estate Vineyard, Devil's Corner Cellar Door
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Melshell Oyster Shack ©
Melshell Oyster Shack
Devil's Corner Cellar Door ©
Devil's Corner Cellar Door
Milton Vineyard ©
Milton Vineyard

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Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance ©
Lakes Entrance is a seaside resort and fishing port in eastern Victoria, Australia. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): do a tasting at Nicholson River Winery, see the interesting displays at Griffiths' Sea Shell Museum & Marine Display, then stroll through Lakes Entrance Beach, and finally try for a hole-in-one at Footbridge Mini Golf, Icecream & Lolly Shop.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Lakes Entrance trip planning website .

Getting from Swansea to Lakes Entrance by car takes about 18.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in February, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Echuca.

Things to do in Lakes Entrance

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Nicholson River Winery
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Nicholson River Winery ©
Nicholson River Winery

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Echuca

Echuca ©
Echuca is a town located on the banks of the Murray River and Campaspe River in Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): savor the flavors at Echuca Chocolate Company, take in the waterfront activity at Port of Echuca Discovery Centre, then explore and take pictures at Billabong Ranch, and finally see the interesting displays at The Great Aussie Beer Shed.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Echuca attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Lakes Entrance to Echuca takes 6.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Albury.

Things to do in Echuca

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Port of Echuca Discovery Centre ©
Port of Echuca Discovery Centre
The Great Aussie Beer Shed ©
The Great Aussie Beer Shed
Echuca Chocolate Company ©
Echuca Chocolate Company

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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. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): browse the fresh offerings at Albury Wodonga Farmers Market, browse the different shops at Myer Centrepoint, then take in nature's colorful creations at Albury Botanic Garden, and finally appreciate the history behind Monument Hill.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Albury itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Echuca to Albury takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Albury

Shopping Parks
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Myer Centrepoint ©
Myer Centrepoint
Albury Botanic Garden ©
Albury Botanic Garden
Monument Hill ©
Monument Hill

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Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 18th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Canberra trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Albury to Canberra in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Albury in February: high temperatures in Canberra hover around 33°C and lows are around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

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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.
On the 19th (Tue), see a show at Sydney Opera House, then hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and finally take a stroll through The Rocks. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, then trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and then take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

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Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Canberra in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 23°C in Sydney. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Trails
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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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