19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Adelaide
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Tanunda
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
4
Nuriootpa
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  5​h 30​min
6
Leura
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
7
Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 17th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at The Nostalgia Box Museum, then don't miss a visit to Fremantle Prison, and then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have some family-friendly fun at Elizabeth Quay Carousel, pause for some photo ops at Kings Park War Memorial, then steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Perth trip maker website .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Perth is an approximately 13-hour combination of train and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Perth due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Perth are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

1
night
Adelaide

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Adelaide Botanic Garden, take an in-depth tour of Migration Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of South Australia, then learn more about the world around you at South Australian Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Anzac Centenary Memorial Walk.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Adelaide planner .

Getting from Perth to Adelaide by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Perth to Adelaide, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Perth in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Adelaide, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tanunda.

Things to do in Adelaide

Tours Museums Parks
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Wine Tours & Tastings
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden

1
night
Tanunda

One of the cities of the Barossa Valley wine-producing region, Tanunda has an easygoing atmosphere stemming from its close connection with agriculture and viniculture.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, learn about winemaking at Langmeil Winery, and then learn about winemaking at Rusden Wines.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tanunda trip builder tool .

You can drive from Adelaide to Tanunda in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Nuriootpa.

Things to do in Tanunda

Tours Wineries Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Langmeil Winery ©
Langmeil Winery

1
night
Nuriootpa

Nuriootpa ©
Nuriootpa is the major commercial centre in the Barossa Valley in South Australia, about an hour's drive north of the capital, Adelaide, and 77 kilometres by rail. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): do a tasting at Murray Street Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Kalleske Wines, then do a tasting at Ballycroft Vineyard and Cellars, then do a tasting at Seppeltsfield, and finally do a tasting at Yelland & Papps.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nuriootpa itinerary builder site .

Nuriootpa is just a stone's throw from Tanunda. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Melbourne.

Things to do in Nuriootpa

Wineries

Side Trips

Greenock, Seppeltsfield
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Kalleske Wines ©
Kalleske Wines
Murray Street Vineyards ©
Murray Street Vineyards
Seppeltsfield ©
Seppeltsfield

2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Nuriootpa to Melbourne in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Nuriootpa in December, plan for little chillier days in Melbourne, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Leura.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Tours
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

1
night
Leura

Leura ©
Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. On the 26th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, then make a trip to Leura Cascades, and finally take some stellar pictures from Elysian Rock Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Kanangra-Boyd National Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Leura trip itinerary maker app .

Do a combination of flight and train from Melbourne to Leura in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in December; daily highs in Leura reach 34°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Leura

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Kanangra-Boyd National Park, The National Pass
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Everglades Historic House and Gardens ©

3
nights
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Katoomba is known for nature, trails, nightlife, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, make a trip to Echo Point Lookout, get great views at The Three Sisters, and see the interesting displays at Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Katoomba trip itinerary builder site .

Katoomba is very close to Leura. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Blackheath, Megalong Creek Estate, Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters

4
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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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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