24 days in Australia Itinerary

24 days in Australia Itinerary

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24 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Cowes
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Wilsons Promontory National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Metung
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Mallacoota
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Narooma
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Jervis Bay
— 1 night
train:  1​h
8
Kiama
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
10
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Vienna


5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Escape the urban bustle at The Great Ocean Road and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Popular historic sites such as Old Melbourne Gaol and St. Patrick's Cathedral are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take an in-depth tour of Shrine of Remembrance.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Melbourne travel route planner.

Vienna, Austria to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) is 9 hours. In December, Melbourne is much warmer than Vienna - with highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Cowes.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, St. Kilda Beach
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

1
night
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Nobbies Centre and then stroll through Cowes Beach. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Phillip Island Wildlife Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Phillip Island Nature Parks - Koala Conservation Centre, then step off the mainland to explore Churchill Island, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Woolamai Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cowes trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Cowes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Wilsons Promontory National Park.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Phillip Island, The Nobbies Centre
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
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Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park
Cape Woolamai Beach ©
Cape Woolamai Beach
The Nobbies Centre ©
The Nobbies Centre

1
night
Wilsons Promontory National Park

Wilsons Promontory National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Wilsons Promontory National Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Wilsons Promontory National Park online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Cowes to Wilsons Promontory National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Metung.

Things to do in Wilsons Promontory National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Wilsons Promontory National Park ©
Wilsons Promontory National Park

1
night
Metung

Metung ©
Metung is a town in East Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Nicholson River Winery, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's Catholic Church, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Gippsland Lakes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Raymond Island, kick back and relax at Lakes Entrance Beach, and then putt your heart out at Footbridge Mini Golf, Icecream & Lolly Shop.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Metung trip builder .

Traveling by car from Wilsons Promontory National Park to Metung takes 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Metung are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mallacoota.

Things to do in Metung

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lakes Entrance, St Mary's Catholic Church, Nicholson River Winery, Raymond Island
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:
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Gippsland Lakes ©
Gippsland Lakes
Lakes Entrance Beach ©
Lakes Entrance Beach
St Mary's Catholic Church ©
St Mary's Catholic Church

1
night
Mallacoota

Mallacoota
Mallacoota is a small town in the East Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia. To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Mallacoota online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Metung to Mallacoota takes 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Mallacoota are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. On the 26th (Wed), you're off toNarooma.

Things to do in Mallacoota

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

1
night
Narooma

Narooma is a town in the Australian state of New South Wales on the far south coast. On the 26th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Blue Pool, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Anglican Parish of Bodalla and Narooma.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Narooma trip planner .

You can drive from Mallacoota to Narooma in 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Narooma are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Jervis Bay.

Things to do in Narooma

Outdoors Adventure Wildlife

Side Trips

Anglican Parish of Bodalla and Narooma, Blue Pool
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay ©
A trip to Jervis Bay will take you to the southern coast of New South Wales, known for allegedly boasting some of the whitest sands in the world.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): kick back and relax at Murrays Beach and then stroll through Hyams Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Point Perpendicular Lightstation, then enjoy the sand and surf at Callala Beach, and then explore the activities along Moona Moona Creek.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Jervis Bay journey planning tool .

You can drive from Narooma to Jervis Bay in 3 hours. When traveling from Narooma in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Jervis Bay, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kiama.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Callala Beach, Point Perpendicular Lightstation
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
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Moona Moona Creek ©
Moona Moona Creek
Point Perpendicular Lightstation ©
Point Perpendicular Lightstation

few
hours
Kiama

Kiama
Kiama is a township 120 kilometres south of Sydney in the Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia in the Municipality of Kiama. To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kiama holiday planner.

Take a train from Jervis Bay to Kiama in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. You'll set off for Sydney on the 28th (Fri).

Things to do in Kiama

Outdoors Tours Nightlife
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4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Manly Beach and The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk. You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Logan Brae Orchard (in Blackheath) and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Katoomba). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sydney online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Kiama to Sydney takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kiama in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Logan Brae Orchard
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

5
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.
Popular historic sites such as Chenrezig Institute and Cathedral Square are in your itinerary. You'll get in some beach time at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Moffat Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Caloundra Lighthouses (in Kings Beach) and Fingal Head Lighthouse (in Fingal Head). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nepalese Pagoda.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Caloundra, Gold Coast, Fingal Head Lighthouse, Chenrezig Institute
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

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