19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Queenstown
Fly:  6​h
1
Melbourne
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
2
Wagga Wagga
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Newcastle
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
Nelson Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
9
Lennox Head
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
10
Byron Bay
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
11
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
12
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
13
Noosa
— 1 night
train:  3​h 45​min
14
Bundaberg
— 1 night
train + taxi:  1​h 15​min
15
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Queenstown


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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 29th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral and then have fun and explore at Australian Centre for the Moving Image. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at National Rhododendron Gardens, then make a trip to Southbank, and then make a trip to Royal Botanic Gardens.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Melbourne online trip builder .

Queenstown, New Zealand to Melbourne is an approximately 6-hour flight. Traveling from Queenstown to Melbourne, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Melbourne are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Wagga Wagga.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trip

National Rhododendron Gardens
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Southbank ©
Southbank

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Wagga Wagga

Wagga Wagga ©
The town of Wagga Wagga has an abnormally high percentage of athletic success.
On the 1st (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens, admire the natural beauty at Victory Memorial Gardens, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Rustique Lavender Farm.

Before you visit Wagga Wagga, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Melbourne to Wagga Wagga in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Wagga Wagga

Parks Wildlife
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Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens ©
Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens
Victory Memorial Gardens ©
Victory Memorial Gardens
Rustique Lavender Farm ©
Rustique Lavender Farm

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at ANZAC Parade Walk, explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, and then explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Canberra visit planning app .

Traveling by car from Wagga Wagga to Canberra takes 3 hours. In October in Canberra, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Trails Museums
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Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery
ANZAC Parade Walk
ANZAC Parade Walk

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, then hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and then take a stroll through The Rocks.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney planner .

You can drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
On the 5th (Sat), stroll around Speers Point Park, then kick back and relax at Nobbys Beach, and then go for a walk through Newcastle Memorial Walk.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Newcastle trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Sydney to Newcastle in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Newcastle, with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nelson Bay.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Speers Point Park
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Speers Point Park ©
Speers Point Park
Newcastle Memorial Walk ©
Newcastle Memorial Walk
Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach

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Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay ©
Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): make a trip to Oakvale Wildlife Park, then don't miss a visit to Gan Gan Lookout, then visit a coastal fixture at Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Tomaree Head.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Nelson Bay vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Newcastle to Nelson Bay takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Nelson Bay are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Tomaree Head, Oakvale Wildlife Park
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Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Gan Gan Lookout ©
Gan Gan Lookout

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Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): stroll through Coastal walk, make a trip to Breakwall Waking Path, then identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, and finally enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Nelson Bay to Port Macquarie by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Nelson Bay in October, plan for little chillier days in Port Macquarie, with highs around 20°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse

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Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): head off the coast to Coffs Harbour Muttonbird Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coffs Harbour Beach, and then get great views at Forest Sky Pier.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Coffs Harbour online trip builder .

You can drive from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Port Macquarie in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Coffs Harbour, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lennox Head.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Beaches Nature
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Coffs Harbour Muttonbird Island ©
Coffs Harbour Muttonbird Island
Forest Sky Pier ©
Forest Sky Pier
Coffs Harbour Beach ©
Coffs Harbour Beach

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Lennox Head

Lennox Head ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the activities along Lake Ainsworth, stroll through Lennox Head Beach, and then take a leisurely stroll along Lennox Head Boardwalk.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lennox Head online holiday builder .

You can drive from Coffs Harbour to Lennox Head in 3 hours. Traveling from Coffs Harbour in October, expect little chillier with lows of 13°C in Lennox Head. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Lennox Head

Parks Beaches Nature
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Lake Ainsworth ©
Lake Ainsworth

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Byron Bay

Byron Bay
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
On the 10th (Thu), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Byron Bay driving holiday planner.

Byron Bay is very close to Lennox Head. In October, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Spas

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Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then stroll through Coolangatta Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast online itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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Brisbane

Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour. On the next day, take in the pleasant sights at New Farm River Walk, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, get a sense of history and politics at City Hall, then browse the collection at State Library Of Queensland, and finally explore and take pictures at Suncorp Stadium.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Brisbane trip planner .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Brisbane are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Tours Parks
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Distillery Tours
Suncorp Stadium
Suncorp Stadium
State Library Of Queensland ©
State Library Of Queensland

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Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Peregian Beach and then explore the activities along Noosa River.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Noosa holiday builder site .

Getting from Brisbane to Noosa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Beaches
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Noosa River ©
Noosa River
Peregian Beach ©
Peregian Beach

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Bundaberg

Bundaberg ©
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. On the 15th (Tue), get to know the resident critters at Alexandra Park Zoo, examine the collection at Hinkler Hall of Aviation, then admire the natural beauty at Bundaberg Botanic Gardens, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bundaberg Rum Distillery.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Bundaberg trip builder app .

Getting from Noosa to Bundaberg by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Parks Breweries & Distilleries Museums
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Bundaberg Botanic Gardens ©
Bundaberg Botanic Gardens
Hinkler Hall of Aviation ©
Hinkler Hall of Aviation
Bundaberg Rum Distillery ©
Bundaberg Rum Distillery

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Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
On the 16th (Wed), grab your bike and head to Esplanade and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hervey Bay online route maker .

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Bundaberg to Hervey Bay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Hervey Bay, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Esplanade ©
Esplanade
The Pier ©
The Pier

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