20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Tamworth
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Shellharbour
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Blackheath
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Bathurst
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Wagga Wagga
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
8
Bairnsdale
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 15​min
9
Geelong
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Ballarat
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
11
Portland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Penola
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
13
Coonawarra
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
14
Crafers
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Brisbane


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Brisbane

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.
When in Brisbane, make a side trip to see Warner Bros. Movie World in Oxenford, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane online sightseeing planner .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Brisbane. December in Brisbane sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tamworth.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Theme Parks

Side Trip

Warner Bros. Movie World
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World

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Tamworth

Tamworth ©
Tamworth is a city in the New England region of New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Tamworth Marsupial Park, don't miss a visit to Truck Drivers Memorial, and then let little ones run wild at Tamworth Regional Playground.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tamworth trip itinerary app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Brisbane to Tamworth. Traveling from Brisbane in December, expect nights in Tamworth to be slightly colder, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Tamworth

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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Tamworth Regional Playground ©
Tamworth Regional Playground
Tamworth Marsupial Park ©
Tamworth Marsupial Park
Truck Drivers Memorial ©
Truck Drivers Memorial

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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 30th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, make a trip to Breakwall Waking Path, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Port Macquarie online journey planner .

Drive from Tamworth to Port Macquarie in 4 hours. Traveling from Tamworth in December, expect nights in Port Macquarie to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Shellharbour.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Shellharbour

Shellharbour ©
Shellharbour is a suburb located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): see the interesting displays at Historical Aircraft Restoration Society, then look for gifts at Starfish Education Centre, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kiama Blowhole, and finally admire the sheer force of Minnamurra Falls. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see human ingenuity at work at Cataract Dam, then relax in the rural setting at Appleshack at Glenbernie Orchard, then kick back and relax at Stanwell Park Beach, and finally take some stellar pictures from Sublime Point Lookout.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Shellharbour vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Port Macquarie to Shellharbour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Port Macquarie in December: highs in Shellharbour hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Blackheath.

Things to do in Shellharbour

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kiama, Minnamurra Falls, Appleshack at Glenbernie Orchard, Stanwell Park Beach, Cataract Dam
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Minnamurra Falls ©
Minnamurra Falls
Kiama Blowhole ©
Kiama Blowhole
Stanwell Park Beach ©
Stanwell Park Beach

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Blackheath

Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Get out of town with these interesting Blackheath side-trips: Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves) and The Three Sisters (in Katoomba). On the 4th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Perry's Lookdown. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, make a trip to Echo Point Lookout, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Blackheath online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Shellharbour to Blackheath takes 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Blackheath can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bathurst.

Things to do in Blackheath

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Katoomba, Jenolan Caves, The National Pass
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

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Bathurst

Bathurst ©
Bathurst is a regional city in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at All Saints Cathedral Bathurst, then examine the collection at Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, then steep yourself in history at Miss Traill’s House, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Abercrombie Caves.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bathurst sightseeing planning app .

Getting from Blackheath to Bathurst by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January in Bathurst, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Wagga Wagga.

Things to do in Bathurst

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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All Saints Cathedral Bathurst ©
All Saints Cathedral Bathurst
Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum ©
Miss Traill’s House ©
Miss Traill’s House

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Wagga Wagga

Wagga Wagga ©
The town of Wagga Wagga has an abnormally high percentage of athletic success.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): relax in the rural setting at Wollundry Grove Olives, get your game on at Project Paintball Wagga, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Wagga Wagga trip maker .

You can drive from Bathurst to Wagga Wagga in 4 hours. In January, daytime highs in Wagga Wagga are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Bairnsdale.

Things to do in Wagga Wagga

Fun & Games Parks Outdoors
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Project Paintball Wagga ©
Project Paintball Wagga
Wollundry Grove Olives ©
Wollundry Grove Olives
Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens ©
Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens

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Bairnsdale

Bairnsdale ©
Bairnsdale is a city in East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): let the kids burn off some steam at East Gippsland All Abilities Playground, then make a trip to Mitchell River Silt Jetties, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Gippsland Lakes.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bairnsdale travel route builder .

Getting from Wagga Wagga to Bairnsdale by car takes about 6.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Wagga Wagga in January: high temperatures in Bairnsdale hover around 30°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Geelong.

Things to do in Bairnsdale

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Gippsland Lakes, Mitchell River Silt Jetties
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Gippsland Lakes ©
Gippsland Lakes

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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. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): kick back and relax at 13th Beach and then explore and take pictures at The Great Ocean Road. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Eastern Beach Reserve and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Werribee Open Range Zoo.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Geelong visit planner .

Traveling by car from Bairnsdale to Geelong takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ballarat.

Things to do in Geelong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, 13th Beach, The Great Ocean Road
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The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve

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Ballarat

Ballarat ©
Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): explore the galleries of Sovereign Hill, then explore the activities along Lake Wendouree, and then admire the natural beauty at Ballarat Botanical Gardens.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ballarat trip planner .

Traveling by car from Geelong to Ballarat takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Portland.

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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Portland

Portland ©
Portland is a city in Victoria, Australia, and is the oldest European settlement in the state. On the 11th (Fri), make a trip to Cape Bridgewater Seal Walk, take a peaceful walk through Petrified Forest and Blowholes, and then identify plant and animal life at Cape Nelson State Park.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Portland driving holiday app .

Traveling by car from Ballarat to Portland takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Penola.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Cape Bridgewater
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Cape Nelson State Park ©
Cape Nelson State Park

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Penola

Penola ©
Penola is a town in the Australian state of South Australia located about southeast of the state capital of Adelaide in the wine growing area known as the Coonawarra. On the 12th (Sat), do a tasting at Koonara Wines, learn about winemaking at Raidis Estate, then contemplate the long history of Petticoat Lane, and finally admire all the interesting features of Mary MacKillop Interpretive Centre.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Penola online travel planner .

Drive from Portland to Penola in 2 hours. January in Penola sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Coonawarra.

Things to do in Penola

Wineries Historic Sites
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Koonara Wines ©
Koonara Wines
Petticoat Lane ©
Petticoat Lane
Raidis Estate ©
Raidis Estate

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Coonawarra

Coonawarra ©
Coonawarra is a small town north of Penola in South Australia. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Penley Estate, then learn about winemaking at Bellwether, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Naracoorte Caves National Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Coonawarra sightseeing planner.

Coonawarra is just a short distance from Penola. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Crafers.

Things to do in Coonawarra

Parks Wineries Nature

Side Trip

Naracoorte Caves National Park
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Naracoorte Caves National Park ©
Naracoorte Caves National Park
Penley Estate ©
Penley Estate
Bellwether ©
Bellwether

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Crafers

Crafers ©
The town of Crafers is in the Adelaide Hills to the south-east of Adelaide, South Australia. On the 14th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Cleland Wildlife Park, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Amy Gillett Bikeway, and then explore the activities along Laratinga Wetlands.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Crafers online trip itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Coonawarra to Crafers with the Route module. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Coonawarra in January since evenings lows in Crafers dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Crafers

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Amy Gillett Bikeway, Laratinga Wetlands
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Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Laratinga Wetlands ©
Laratinga Wetlands

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