22 days in Country New South Wales & Victoria's High Country Itinerary

22 days in Country New South Wales & Victoria's High Country Itinerary

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22 days in Country New South Wales & Victoria's High Country Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Bowral
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Canberra
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Falls Creek
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Beechworth
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Cowra
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Bathurst
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Mudgee
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Dubbo
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
9
Armidale
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Bowral

Bowral ©
Bowral is the largest town in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, and the main business and entertainment precinct of the Wingecarribee Shire and Highlands. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Booderee National Park and Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame. Step out of the city life by going to Hyams Beach and Kiama Harbour. Get out of town with these interesting Bowral side-trips: Conjola National Park (in Lake Conjola), Hampden Bridge (in Kangaroo Valley) and Kiama Blowhole (in Kiama). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Fitzroy Falls and admire the natural beauty at Gardenalia Open Garden.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Bowral trip maker app .

Sydney to Bowral is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. In June, daytime highs in Bowral are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Bowral

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kiama, Jervis Bay, Gardenalia Open Garden, Fitzroy Falls, Hampden Bridge
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Booderee National Park ©
Booderee National Park
Hyams Beach ©
Hyams Beach
Kiama Harbour ©
Kiama Harbour

4
nights
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.
Visiting Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Australian National Botanic Gardens will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at ANZAC Parade Walk and High Court of Australia. Step out of Canberra with an excursion to Point Hut Crossing in Gordon--about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, see the interesting displays at Old Parliament House, explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, and get a sense of history and politics at National Library of Australia.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Canberra trip builder .

You can drive from Bowral to Canberra in 2 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Bowral in June; daily highs in Canberra reach 15°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Falls Creek.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Pierces Creek Forest, Point Hut Crossing
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ANZAC Parade Walk
ANZAC Parade Walk
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve ©
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Australian National Botanic Gardens ©

3
nights
Falls Creek

Falls Creek ©
Get in touch with nature at Canyon Walk and Alpine National Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ringer Reef Winery and Oriental Claims Historic Area. Go for a jaunt from Falls Creek to Alpine National Park to see Conglomerate Falls about 1h 20 min away.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Falls Creek trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Canberra to Falls Creek takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Beechworth.

Things to do in Falls Creek

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mount Beauty, Mount Bogong, Ringer Reef Winery, Alpine National Park, Conglomerate Falls
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Falls Creek Alpine Resort ©
Falls Creek Alpine Resort
Canyon Walk ©
Canyon Walk
Alpine National Park ©
Alpine National Park

1
night
Beechworth

Beechworth ©
A town that appeared during the gold rush in the 1850s, Beechworth is a well-preserved example of Victorian expansionism.
On the 2nd (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Beechworth Historic Courthouse, take in the dramatic scenery at Woolshed Waterfalls, stop by Beechworth Honey Experience, then learn about winemaking at Brown Brothers, and finally don't miss a visit to Eldorado Dredge.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Beechworth trip itinerary website .

Getting from Falls Creek to Beechworth by car takes about 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Beechworth can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Cowra.

Things to do in Beechworth

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trips

Brown Brothers, Eldorado Dredge
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Beechworth Honey Experience ©
Beechworth Honey Experience
Beechworth Historic Courthouse ©
Beechworth Historic Courthouse
Eldorado Dredge ©
Eldorado Dredge

1
night
Cowra

Cowra ©
Cowra is a town in the Central West region of New South Wales, Australia. On the 3rd (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Cowra Rose Garden, steep yourself in history at Cowra Garrison Gates, don't miss a visit to Cowra Prisoner of War Camp, then admire the natural beauty at Cowra Japanese Garden, then make a trip to Cowra Railway Station, and finally examine the collection at Lachlan Valley Railway Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cowra trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Beechworth to Cowra in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bathurst.

Things to do in Cowra

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Cowra Japanese Garden ©
Cowra Japanese Garden
Lachlan Valley Railway Museum ©
Lachlan Valley Railway Museum
Cowra Fun Museum ©
Cowra Fun Museum

4
nights
Bathurst

Bathurst ©
Bathurst is a regional city in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Giant Stairway and National Motor Racing Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Perry's Lookdown and Wind Eroded Cave. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bathurst: Orange (Lake Canobolas & Wine Tours & Tastings), Katoomba (Blue Mountains, Wentworth Falls, & more) and Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, cruise along Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit, and take some stellar pictures from Govetts Leap.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bathurst day trip planning website .

You can drive from Cowra to Bathurst in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July in Bathurst, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mudgee.

Things to do in Bathurst

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Katoomba, Blackheath, Orange, Jenolan Caves
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The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway
Perry's Lookdown ©
Perry's Lookdown
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Mudgee

White latticed historic buildings and a red brick clock tower occupy Mudgee's town center.
On the 8th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at The Drip Gorge, learn about winemaking at SHORT SHEEP Micro-Winery, then do a tasting at Lowe Wines, then experience rural life at Mudgee Honey Haven, and finally gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Mudgee itinerary planner .

Drive from Bathurst to Mudgee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Mudgee sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Dubbo.

Things to do in Mudgee

Tours Wildlife Parks
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Distillery Tours
Lowe Wines ©
Lowe Wines
SHORT SHEEP Micro-Winery ©
SHORT SHEEP Micro-Winery

1
night
Dubbo

Dubbo ©
Visit the city of Dubbo, the most populous urban area in the Orana Region, for an exciting and thriving multicultural city from which to explore the surrounding Great Western Plains.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): make a trip to Terramungamine Reserve and Rock Grooves, buy something for everyone on your list at Riverdale Shopping Centre, then contemplate the long history of Old Dubbo Gaol, then admire the natural beauty at Shoyoen Japanese Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Alladins Cave Bottle House.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Dubbo journey planner.

Traveling by car from Mudgee to Dubbo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in July, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Armidale.

Things to do in Dubbo

Shopping Parks Historic Sites
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Riverdale Shopping Centre ©
Riverdale Shopping Centre
Shoyoen Japanese Garden ©
Shoyoen Japanese Garden
Old Dubbo Gaol ©
Old Dubbo Gaol

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nights
Armidale

Armidale ©
Armidale is a city in the Northern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tamworth Marsupial Park and Waterfall Way. Step out of the city life by going to Parque Nacional de Dorrigo and Mother of Ducks Lagoon Nature Reserve. Get out of town with these interesting Armidale side-trips: Mount Yarrowyck Nature Reserve (in Yarrowyck), Dangar Falls (in Dorrigo) and Oxley Scenic Lookout (in Tamworth). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Ebor Falls, learn about winemaking at Petersons Armidale Winery, see the interesting displays at McCrossin's Mill Museum, and don't miss a visit to The Big Lamb.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Armidale trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Dubbo to Armidale in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Armidale

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Tamworth, Dorrigo, Guyra, McCrossin's Mill Museum, Ebor Falls
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Tamworth Marsupial Park ©
Tamworth Marsupial Park
Dangar Falls ©
Dangar Falls
Mount Yarrowyck Nature Reserve ©
Mount Yarrowyck Nature Reserve