17 days in Canberra, New South Wales & Lakes Entrance Itinerary

17 days in Canberra, New South Wales & Lakes Entrance Itinerary

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17 days in Canberra, New South Wales & Lakes Entrance Itinerary

Start: Mentone
Drive:  7​h 15​min
1
Canberra
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Wollongong
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Batemans Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Merimbula
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Lakes Entrance
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Mentone

3
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.
Canberra is known for museums, childrens museums, nature, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, look for gifts at Trove Canberra, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Canberra tour builder website .

Mentone to Canberra is an approximately 4-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mentone in January: highs in Canberra hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Wollongong.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

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nights
Wollongong

Wollongong ©
Wollongong, informally referred to as "The Gong", is a seaside city located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. Get out of town with these interesting Wollongong side-trips: The Treat Factory (in Berry), Lawrence Hargrave (in Stanwell Park) and Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Huskisson). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Hyams Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Wollongong Botanic Garden, enjoy the sea views from Wollongong Head Lighthouse, and get great views at Grand Pacific Drive - Sydney to Wollongong and Beyond.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Wollongong trip planner.

Traveling by car from Canberra to Wollongong takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Canberra in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Wollongong, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Batemans Bay.

Things to do in Wollongong

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Hyams Beach, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Lawrence Hargrave, The Treat Factory
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
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Nan Tien Temple ©
Nan Tien Temple
Hyams Beach ©
Hyams Beach

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nights
Batemans Bay

Batemans Bay ©
A happy mix of seaside village and cosmopolitan town, Batemans Bay has an easy and relaxed charm that reminds you life is to be enjoyed.
Change things up with these side-trips from Batemans Bay: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Narooma) and Cupitts Winery (in Ulladulla). Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Mogo Zoo, meet the residents at Birdland Animal Park, savor the flavors at SAGE Farmers Market, and examine the collection at Batemans Bay Heritage Museum.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Batemans Bay trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Wollongong to Batemans Bay in 3 hours. January in Batemans Bay sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Merimbula.

Things to do in Batemans Bay

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cupitts Winery, Mogo Zoo, SAGE Farmers Market, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:
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Birdland Animal Park ©
Birdland Animal Park
Mogo Zoo ©
Mogo Zoo
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Merimbula

Merimbula ©
Merimbula Merimbula is a town on the Merimbula Lake, located on the Far South Coast or Sapphire Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Merimbula is known for theme parks, zoos & aquariums, wildlife, golf, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Short Point Recreation Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Tathra Memorial Gardens Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Main Beach, and find something for the whole family at Magic Mountain.

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You can drive from Batemans Bay to Merimbula in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Batemans Bay in January, expect nights in Merimbula to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are slightly colder, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lakes Entrance.

Things to do in Merimbula

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Eden, Tathra Memorial Gardens Walk
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 14:
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Potoroo Palace ©
Potoroo Palace
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Killer Whale Museum ©
Killer Whale Museum

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Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance ©
Lakes Entrance is a seaside resort and fishing port in eastern Victoria, Australia. Venture out of the city with trips to St Mary's Catholic Church (in Bairnsdale) and Buchan Caves (in Buchan). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Lakes Entrance Beach, take in the views from Stony Creek Trestle Bridge, identify plant and animal life at Gippsland Lakes, and try for a hole-in-one at Footbridge Mini Golf, Icecream & Lolly Shop.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Lakes Entrance holiday planner.

You can drive from Merimbula to Lakes Entrance in 3.5 hours. January in Lakes Entrance sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lakes Entrance

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Buchan Caves, Stony Creek Trestle Bridge, St Mary's Catholic Church
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:
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Gippsland Lakes ©
Gippsland Lakes
Buchan Caves ©
Buchan Caves
St Mary's Catholic Church ©
St Mary's Catholic Church

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