26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Ballina
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Nelson Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Pokolbin
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Manly
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Nowra
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
9
Alberton
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Apollo Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
12
Warrnambool
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
13
Halls Gap
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
14
Mount Gambier
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
15
Eden Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
16
Adelaide
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
End: London

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then look for gifts at Noosa Chocolate Factory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Wheel of Brisbane, then explore the activities along The Brisbane River, and then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Brisbane driving holiday planner .

London, UK to Brisbane is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in October: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 29°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The Brisbane River ©
The Brisbane River

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Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 5th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park and then take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach, browse the exhibits of Noosa Regional gallery, and then explore the activities along Noosa River.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Noosa holiday planner .

You can drive from Brisbane to Noosa in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ballina.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Beaches
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa River ©
Noosa River

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night
Ballina

Ballina ©
Ballina is a town in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia, and the seat of the Ballina Shire local government area. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): brush up on your military savvy at Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum, trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, and finally take some stellar pictures from Broken Head Nature Reserve. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bundjalung National Park.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ballina journey planner.

Traveling by car from Noosa to Ballina takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Ballina

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Bundjalung National Park, Broken Head Nature Reserve
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Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum ©
Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track

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Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House and then identify plant and animal life at Boambee Creek Reserve.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Coffs Harbour trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Ballina to Coffs Harbour takes 3 hours. While traveling from Ballina, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Coffs Harbour, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nelson Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Boambee Creek Reserve
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Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House

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Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay ©
Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Tilligerry Habitat Tanilba Bay and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tomaree Head.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nelson Bay tour site .

Traveling by car from Coffs Harbour to Nelson Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. Traveling from Coffs Harbour in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Nelson Bay, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Pokolbin.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Tilligerry Habitat Tanilba Bay, Tomaree Head
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Tilligerry Habitat Tanilba Bay ©
Tilligerry Habitat Tanilba Bay

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Pokolbin

Pokolbin ©
With its first vineyards established in the mid 19th century, wine tourism in Pokolbin remains a major draw.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Ivanhoe Wines, learn about winemaking at Harkham Wines, do a tasting at Hungerford Hill Wines, then do a tasting at Leogate Estate Wines, and finally do a tasting at Glandore Estate Wines.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Pokolbin sightseeing planning site .

Traveling by car from Nelson Bay to Pokolbin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Pokolbin can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Manly.

Things to do in Pokolbin

Wineries
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Harkham Wines ©
Harkham Wines
Ivanhoe Wines ©
Ivanhoe Wines
Leogate Estate Wines ©
Leogate Estate Wines

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night
Manly

Manly ©
Located 11 km (7 mi) across the harbor from Sydney, a holiday in Manly combines quiet neighborhood charm and coastal attractions, all the while placing you within easy access to the big city.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Taronga Zoo and then look for all kinds of wild species at North Head Sanctuary.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Manly online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Pokolbin to Manly takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Pokolbin in October since evenings lows in Manly dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Nowra.

Things to do in Manly

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trip

Taronga Zoo
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Taronga Zoo ©
Taronga Zoo
North Head Sanctuary ©
North Head Sanctuary

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Nowra

Nowra ©
Nowra is a town in the South Coast region of New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Fleet Air Arm Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Fleet Air Arm Museum, and then head outdoors with Bundanon Trust.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Nowra road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Manly to Nowra in 3 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Nowra when traveling from Manly in October, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Alberton.

Things to do in Nowra

Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Fleet Air Arm Museum
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Fleet Air Arm Museum ©
Fleet Air Arm Museum
Fleet Air Arm Museum ©
Fleet Air Arm Museum

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Alberton

Alberton ©
Alberton is a small town in Victoria, Australia. Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tarraville Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yarram Memorial Gardens, brush up on your military savvy at Port Albert Maritime Museum, then view the masterpieces at Port Albert Art Gallery, and finally stroll the grounds of Alberton Cemetery.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Alberton tour itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Nowra to Alberton in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Nowra in October; daily highs in Alberton reach 24°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Alberton

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Port Albert, Yarram Memorial Gardens
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Port Albert Maritime Museum ©
Port Albert Maritime Museum
Alberton Cemetery ©
Alberton Cemetery
Port Albert Art Gallery ©
Port Albert Art Gallery

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nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get some historical perspective at Shrine of Remembrance and St Paul's Cathedral. Melbourne Museum and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and take in nature's colorful creations at Melbourne Zoo.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Alberton to Melbourne takes 3 hours. October in Melbourne sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Apollo Bay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Highlights from your plan
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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nights
Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. Visiting The Great Ocean Road and Twelve Apostles will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Apollo Bay side-trips: Bird Rock Lookout (in Jan Juc) and Loch Ard Gorge (in Port Campbell). There's still lots to do: hike along Great Ocean Walk, cruise along Great Ocean Road, and take a peaceful walk through Mait's Rest.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Apollo Bay travel planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Apollo Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Warrnambool.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Twelve Apostles, Bird Rock Lookout, Loch Ard Gorge, The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles

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Warrnambool

Warrnambool ©
Warrnambool is a regional centre and former port city on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): get impressive views of Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, then look for all kinds of wild species at Thunder point Coastal Reserve, then look for all kinds of wild species at Childer's Cove, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Islands.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Warrnambool trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Apollo Bay to Warrnambool takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Halls Gap.

Things to do in Warrnambool

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Childer's Cove
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Bay of Islands ©
Bay of Islands
Childer's Cove ©
Childer's Cove
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve ©
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

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Halls Gap

Halls Gap ©
Halls Gap serves as a home base for visiting Grampians National Park.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): get outside with Venture, hike along Chatauqua Peak, and then hike along The Pinnacle.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Halls Gap online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Warrnambool to Halls Gap takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mount Gambier.

Things to do in Halls Gap

Outdoors Parks Trails
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The Pinnacle ©
The Pinnacle

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Mount Gambier

Mount Gambier ©
The most popular sites in Mount Bambier are the caves, where you can go cave diving.
On the 23rd (Wed), browse the collection at Mount Gambier Public Library, explore the striking landscape at Umpherston Sinkhole, then Head underground at Ewens Pond, and finally explore the activities along The Blue Lake.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mount Gambier trip planner .

Getting from Halls Gap to Mount Gambier by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October in Mount Gambier, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Eden Valley.

Things to do in Mount Gambier

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Ewens Pond
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 23:
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The Blue Lake ©
The Blue Lake
Umpherston Sinkhole ©
Umpherston Sinkhole
Ewens Pond ©
Ewens Pond

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Eden Valley

Eden Valley ©
Eden Valley is a small South Australian town in the Barossa Ranges. On the 24th (Thu), learn about winemaking at Brockenchack Wines, then learn about winemaking at Henschke, then do a tasting at Flaxman Wines, and finally explore the striking landscape of Hale Conservation Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Eden Valley visit planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mount Gambier to Eden Valley. When traveling from Mount Gambier in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Eden Valley: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Eden Valley

Wineries Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Keyneton, Hale Conservation Park
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Flaxman Wines ©
Flaxman Wines
Hale Conservation Park ©
Hale Conservation Park

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Flinders University Art Museum & City Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of South Australia, learn more about the world around you at South Australian Museum, get engrossed in the history at State Library of South Australia, then get engrossed in the history at Migration Museum, and finally catch a live event at Adelaide Oval.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Adelaide day trip website .

You can drive from Eden Valley to Adelaide in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Adelaide are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Adelaide

Museums Historic Sites
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South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Art Gallery of South Australia ©
Art Gallery of South Australia
Migration Museum
Migration Museum

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