18 days in Victoria, New South Wales & Canberra Itinerary

18 days in Victoria, New South Wales & Canberra Itinerary

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18 days in Victoria, New South Wales & Canberra Itinerary

Start: Chandigarh
Fly + Drive:  20​h 45​min
1
Lorne
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Shoal Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Greenwell Point
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Canberra
— 1 night
+2
Fly + subway + train:  18​h
End: Chandigarh


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2
nights
Lorne

Lorne ©
Lorne is a seaside town on Louttit Bay in Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lorne Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Lorne vacation planner.

Chandigarh, India to Lorne is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. When traveling from Chandigarh in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Lorne, with highs around 29°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Melbourne.

Things to do in Lorne

Wildlife Outdoors Nature
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Lorne Beach ©
Lorne Beach

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get a sense of the local culture at Melbourne Central and Shrine of Remembrance. Get outdoors at Warrandyte State Park and Melbourne Zoo. Spend the 5th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, stroll through St. Kilda Beach, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and wander the streets of Degraves Street.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne holiday planner.

Getting from Lorne to Melbourne by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. January in Melbourne sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Shoal Bay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Warrandyte State Park ©
Warrandyte State Park
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

1
night
Shoal Bay

Shoal Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Tomaree Head, then enjoy the sea views from Point Stephens Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Fingal Bay Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Shoal Bay day trip planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Melbourne to Shoal Bay. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Shoal Bay. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Shoal Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Fingal Bay
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Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Fingal Bay Beach ©
Fingal Bay Beach
Point Stephens Lighthouse ©
Point Stephens Lighthouse

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Manly Beach and Coogee Beach. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Featherdale Wildlife Park in Blacktown, approximately 46 minutes away. Spend the 11th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, look for all kinds of wild species at Muogamarra Nature Reserve, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney journey site .

You can drive from Shoal Bay to Sydney in 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

2
nights
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then view the masterpieces at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, and then look for gifts at Blue Mountains Chocolate Company. Keep things going the next day: browse the different shops at Leura Mall, look for gifts at The Nook, then look for gifts at The Candy Store Leura, then admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Katoomba travel route builder app .

Drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January in Katoomba, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Greenwell Point.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Leura, The National Pass
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

1
night
Greenwell Point

Greenwell Point ©
On the 14th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Seven Mile Beach National Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Greenwell Point tour itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Katoomba to Greenwell Point in 3.5 hours. In January in Greenwell Point, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Greenwell Point

Wildlife Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Seven Mile Beach National Park
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Seven Mile Beach National Park ©
Seven Mile Beach National Park

1
night
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 15th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Floriade, get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Tortured Gum Brewery.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Canberra itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Greenwell Point to Canberra in 3 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Canberra when traveling from Greenwell Point in January, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Canberra

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

Tortured Gum Brewery
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Tortured Gum Brewery ©
Tortured Gum Brewery
Floriade ©
Floriade

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