22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  30​h
1
Sydney Olympic Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
2
Lakes Entrance
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Wilsons Promontory National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Cowes
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Torquay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Mount Gambier
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
8
Kangaroo Island
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Adelaide
— 1 night
Fly:  24​h
End: Zurich


2
nights
Sydney Olympic Park

Sydney Olympic Park ©
Visiting Murray Rose Pool and Bilgola Beach will get you outdoors. Family-friendly places like Taronga Zoo and Kutti Beach will thrill your kids.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sydney Olympic Park online tour itinerary planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Sydney Olympic Park is an approximately 30-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Zurich to Sydney Olympic Park. In December, Sydney Olympic Park is much warmer than Zurich - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Lakes Entrance.

Things to do in Sydney Olympic Park

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sydney, Bilgola Beach, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Taronga Zoo
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:
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Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre ©
Taronga Zoo ©
Taronga Zoo
Featherdale Wildlife Park ©
Featherdale Wildlife Park

1
day
Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance ©
Lakes Entrance is a seaside resort and fishing port in eastern Victoria, Australia. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the activities along Gippsland Lakes and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lakes Entrance Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lakes Entrance attractions planner.

You can drive from Sydney Olympic Park to Lakes Entrance in 7.5 hours. Traveling from Sydney Olympic Park in December, expect Lakes Entrance to be slightly colder, temps between 28°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Wilsons Promontory National Park.

Things to do in Lakes Entrance

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
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Lakes Entrance Beach ©
Lakes Entrance Beach
Gippsland Lakes ©
Gippsland Lakes

2
nights
Wilsons Promontory National Park

Wilsons Promontory National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Wilsons Promontory National Park. Keep things going the next day: trek along Little Waterloo Bay.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Wilsons Promontory National Park road trip app .

Getting from Lakes Entrance to Wilsons Promontory National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cowes.

Things to do in Wilsons Promontory National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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Wilsons Promontory National Park ©
Wilsons Promontory National Park

3
nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Cowes Beach and Cape Woolamai Beach. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Phillip Island Nature Parks - Koala Conservation Centre and Flynns Beach. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Red Rock Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Forrest Caves, step off the mainland to explore Churchill Island, and take in the dramatic natural features at Pyramid Rock.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cowes trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Wilsons Promontory National Park to Cowes takes 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Torquay.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Phillip Island, Summerlands, Ventnor, Newhaven
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Cape Woolamai Beach ©
Cape Woolamai Beach
Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park
The Nobbies Centre ©
The Nobbies Centre

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.
On the 30th (Sun), kick back and relax at Torquay Front Beach and then take a memorable drive along The Great Ocean Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Mon): kick back and relax at 13th Beach, then stroll through Eastern Beach Reserve, and then get your game on at The Rock Adventure Centre.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Torquay trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Cowes to Torquay in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daily temperatures in Torquay can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Geelong, 13th Beach
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
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The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
13th Beach ©
13th Beach

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 visit kid-friendly attractions like St. Kilda Beach and Melbourne Zoo. Visit Half Moon Bay and Sandridge Beach for some beach relaxation. Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Werribee to see Werribee Open Range Zoo about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Torquay to Melbourne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Melbourne sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Mount Gambier.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

2
nights
Mount Gambier

Mount Gambier ©
The most popular sites in Mount Bambier are the caves, where you can go cave diving.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Umpherston Sinkhole, then appreciate the views at The Valley Lake, and then contemplate the waterfront views at The Blue Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Echo Farm, then kick back and relax at Estuary Beach, and then explore the activities along Fort O`Hare Campground.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mount Gambier trip itinerary maker app .

Fly from Melbourne to Mount Gambier in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. January in Mount Gambier sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Mount Gambier

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Estuary Beach, Fort O`Hare Campground
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
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The Blue Lake ©
The Blue Lake
Umpherston Sinkhole ©
Umpherston Sinkhole
Echo Farm ©
Echo Farm

1
night
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Flinders Chase National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain and then identify plant and animal life at Seal Bay Conservation Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kangaroo Island trip planning tool .

Getting from Mount Gambier to Kangaroo Island by combination of flight and taxi takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Seacliff Beach, identify plant and animal life at Cleland Wildlife Park, and then explore the world behind art at Flinders University Art Museum & City Gallery.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Adelaide trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cleland Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park

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