21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Stanthorpe
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 30​min
4
Ballarat
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Torquay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Adelaide
— 4 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Zurich

2
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.
The Rocks and Sydney Opera House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Shelly Beach and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. There's much more to do: stroll through Manly Beach, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney sightseeing app .

Zurich, Switzerland to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Zurich in March: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman
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Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

3
nights
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.
Relax by the water at Dicky Beach and Moffat Beach. Get some cultural insight at Museum of Brisbane and West End. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, admire all the interesting features of Suncorp Stadium, have fun at South Bank Parklands, and don't miss a visit to City Hall.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Brisbane road trip planning tool .

Getting from Sydney to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Brisbane are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Stanthorpe.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Caloundra
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Museum of Brisbane ©
Museum of Brisbane

1
night
Stanthorpe

Stanthorpe ©
Stanthorpe is a town situated in south east Queensland, Australia. On the 11th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Girraween National Park.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Stanthorpe trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Stanthorpe takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ballarat.

Things to do in Stanthorpe

#Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Girraween National Park
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Girraween National Park ©
Girraween National Park

1
night
Ballarat

Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
On the 12th (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery of Ballarat, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then admire the natural beauty at Ballarat Botanical Gardens, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wendouree. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Augustine's Church, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Daylesford, and then identify plant and animal life at Ballarat Wildlife Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ballarat road trip site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Stanthorpe to Ballarat. In March, daily temperatures in Ballarat can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Torquay.

Things to do in Ballarat

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Daylesford, St Augustine's Church
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Spas & Wellness
Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park

2
nights
Torquay

Torquay ©
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Erskine Falls, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary of the Angels, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Eastern Beach Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the lush surroundings at Lorne Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Torquay attractions tool .

You can drive from Ballarat to Torquay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Torquay are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Torquay

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Geelong, Lorne
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Lorne Beach ©
Lorne Beach
Erskine Falls ©
Erskine Falls

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Ocean Beach and St. Kilda Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne travel route planner .

You can drive from Torquay to Melbourne in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, Ocean Beach
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Ocean Beach ©
Ocean Beach
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

4
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Visit Blowhole Beach and Carrickalinga Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Horseshoe Bay and Cleland Wildlife Park. Get out of town with these interesting Adelaide side-trips: McLaren Vale (Shingleback Wine Cellar Door & McLaren Vale III Associate wines), Aldinga Beach (in Aldinga Beach) and Morgan Beach (in Cape Jervis). There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Granite Island, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia, and take an in-depth tour of South Australian Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Adelaide road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Adelaide takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Adelaide

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

McLaren Vale, Horseshoe Bay, Granite Island, Aldinga Beach, Blowhole Beach
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Blowhole Beach ©
Blowhole Beach
Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay

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