22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Epping
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Port Macquarie
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  5​h 30​min
4
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Merimbula
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Lakes Entrance
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at The Rocks and St Stephen's Uniting Church. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wentworth Falls and Shelly Beach. Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Katoomba, about 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sydney online trip builder .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Sydney. March in Sydney sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Epping.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Katoomba, Manly
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 19:
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

1
night
Epping

Epping ©
Epping is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia 18 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of the City of Parramatta. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): delve into the lush surroundings at Cumberland State Forest, then try for a hole-in-one at Thornleigh Golf Centre, then stroll through Wahroonga Park, and finally stop by Sweetness the Pattiserie.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Epping tour builder website .

Epping is just a short distance from Sydney. In March, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Epping

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Wahroonga Park, Cumberland State Forest, Thornleigh Golf Centre
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 20:
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Cumberland State Forest ©
Cumberland State Forest
Sweetness the Pattiserie ©
Sweetness the Pattiserie
Wahroonga Park ©
Wahroonga Park

4
nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
You'll get in some beach time at Scotts Head Beach and Forster Main Beach. You'll explore and learn at Whitewashed Gallery and National Motorcycle Museum. Explore Port Macquarie's surroundings by going to South West Rocks (Trial Bay Gaol & Smoky Cape Lighthouse). There's lots more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse, examine the collection at Roto House, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Port Macquarie online journey planner .

Explore your travel options from Epping to Port Macquarie with the Route module. When traveling from Epping in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

South West Rocks, Whitewashed Gallery, Forster Main Beach, Scotts Head Beach, National Motorcycle Museum
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 24:
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Smoky Cape Lighthouse ©
Smoky Cape Lighthouse
Trial Bay Gaol ©
Trial Bay Gaol

4
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Watling Fine Art Galleries & Burleigh Framing. Get outdoors at Kirra Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gold Coast: Broken Head Beach (in Broken Head) and Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Byron Bay). Spend the 26th (Tue) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre, tee off at Surfers Paradise Golf Club, and revel in the low prices at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Gold Coast trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Port Macquarie to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Port Macquarie in March: highs in Gold Coast hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Merimbula.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Broken Head Beach, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 28:
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

5
nights
Merimbula

Merimbula Merimbula is a town on the Merimbula Lake, located on the Far South Coast or Sapphire Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Pambula Beach and Bar Beach. Killer Whale Museum and Bega Valley Regional Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Merimbula: Cocora Beach (in Eden), Bermagui (Camel Rock & Blue Pool) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Narooma). Spend the 2nd (Tue) exploring nature at Ben Boyd National Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Short Point Recreation Reserve, take a peaceful walk through Genoa Peak Walk, meet the residents at On the Perch, and identify plant and animal life at Tathra Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Merimbula day trip planning website .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Merimbula in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in March, expect Merimbula to be a bit cooler, temps between 27°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lakes Entrance.

Things to do in Merimbula

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Eden, Narooma, Bermagui, Tathra, Pambula Beach
Find places to stay Mar 28 — Apr 3:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Blue Pool ©
Blue Pool
Killer Whale Museum ©
Killer Whale Museum

3
nights
Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance ©
Lakes Entrance is a seaside resort and fishing port in eastern Victoria, Australia. Escape the urban bustle at Lakes Entrance Beach and Buchan Caves. Attractions like Gippsland Lakes and Footbridge Mini Golf, Icecream & Lolly Shop make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Ensay Winery in Ensay (about 1h 10 min away). And it doesn't end there: browse for treasures at Dove and Lyre Exceptional Fossils And Crystals, take in the views from Stony Creek Trestle Bridge, do a tasting at Wyanga Park Winery, and make a trip to The Entrance Walk.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lakes Entrance trip planner .

You can drive from Merimbula to Lakes Entrance in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lakes Entrance

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Buchan Caves, Ensay Winery, Stony Creek Trestle Bridge
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 6:
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Lakes Entrance Beach ©
Lakes Entrance Beach
Ensay Winery ©
Ensay Winery
Gippsland Lakes ©
Gippsland Lakes

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