27 days in Australia Itinerary

27 days in Australia Itinerary

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27 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Drive:  3​h
1
Jenolan Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
2
Tamworth
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Lightning Ridge
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 45​min
4
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Gloucester
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Parramatta
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Canberra
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Narooma
— Few hours
Drive:  15​min
10
Tilba Tilba
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
11
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
12
Sydney
— 1 night
End: Sydney


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1
night
Jenolan Caves

Jenolan Caves ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): explore the activities along Blue Lake and then explore the fascinating underground world of Jenolan Caves.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, go to the Jenolan Caves trip planning app .

Sydney to Jenolan Caves is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Jenolan Caves when traveling from Sydney in August, with lows around 4°C. On the 5th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tamworth.

Things to do in Jenolan Caves

Parks Nature
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Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves

2
nights
Tamworth

Tamworth ©
Tamworth is a city in the New England region of New South Wales, Australia. On the 5th (Mon), stroll around Oxley Scenic Lookout, look for all kinds of wild species at Tamworth Marsupial Park, and then have fun at Tamworth Regional Playground. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Powerhouse Motorcycle Museum, then walk around Bicentennial Park, then view the masterpieces at Tamworth Regional Gallery, and finally see the interesting displays at Australian Railway Monument and Rail Journeys Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamworth holiday planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Jenolan Caves to Tamworth. In August, daytime highs in Tamworth are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lightning Ridge.

Things to do in Tamworth

Parks Museums Fun & Games
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Oxley Scenic Lookout ©
Oxley Scenic Lookout
Tamworth Regional Playground ©
Tamworth Regional Playground
Bicentennial Park ©
Bicentennial Park

1
night
Lightning Ridge

Lightning Ridge ©
Lightning Ridge is a town in north-western New South Wales, Australia, in Walgett Shire, near the southern border of Queensland, about six kilometres east of the Castlereagh Highway, and is served in commercial activities by the town of Walgett, some 75 km to the south. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Artesian Baths, then take in the exciting artwork at Chambers of The Black Hand, and then step into the grandiose world of Amigos Castle.

For ratings and tourist information, you can read our Lightning Ridge tour itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Tamworth to Lightning Ridge takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Lightning Ridge

Parks Nature Museums
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Chambers of The Black Hand ©
Chambers of The Black Hand
Amigos Castle ©
Amigos Castle

4
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gold Coast: Brisbane (South Bank Parklands, City Botanic Gardens, & more). The adventure continues: laugh and play at Sea World Theme Park, find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, and enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast trip planner .

Getting from Lightning Ridge to Gold Coast by car takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, car, and train; or take a bus. August in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Brisbane
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

1
night
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 12th (Mon): don't miss a visit to The Big Banana Fun Park, take some stellar pictures from Forest Sky Pier, and then don't miss a visit to The Clog Barn. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Coffs Harbour Muttonbird Island, identify plant and animal life at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, then take a leisurely stroll along The Boardwalk, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Coffs Harbour Jetty.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Coffs Harbour tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Coffs Harbour in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Coffs Harbour are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Gloucester.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

The Boardwalk
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Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House
The Boardwalk ©
The Boardwalk
Forest Sky Pier ©
Forest Sky Pier

2
nights
Gloucester

Gloucester ©
Gloucester, a town in dairy and beef cattle country, is located in Mid-Coast Council, within the Manning district on the Mid North Coast of the state of New South Wales, Australia.Gloucester is situated on the North Coast railway line and can be accessed from the southeast from Newcastle, located via the Bucketts Way, or from the north via Thunderbolts Way. On the 14th (Wed), stroll through Gloucester Tops Trail, take in the exciting artwork at The Gloucester Gallery, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bucketts Mountains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): do a tasting at Villa d'Esta Vineyard, then learn about winemaking at Great Lakes Paddocks, and then look for gifts at Circle of Friends.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Gloucester road trip website .

Drive from Coffs Harbour to Gloucester in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Parramatta.

Things to do in Gloucester

Parks Wineries Trails

Side Trips

Villa d'Esta Vineyard, Gloucester Tops Trail, Great Lakes Paddocks, Circle of Friends
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Great Lakes Paddocks ©
Great Lakes Paddocks
Villa d'Esta Vineyard ©
Villa d'Esta Vineyard

3
nights
Parramatta

Parramatta ©
Parramatta is a suburb of Sydney, Australia, 23km west of its central business district on the banks of the Parramatta River. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, contemplate the long history of Old Government House, then stroll around Parramatta Park, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Grand Pacific Drive - Sydney to Wollongong and Beyond and then get engrossed in the history at The New South Wales Lancers Memorial Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Parramatta trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Gloucester to Parramatta in 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Parramatta

Scenic Drive Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Grand Pacific Drive - Sydney to Wollongong and Beyond
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Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Parramatta Park ©
Parramatta Park

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: take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia, admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, and don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Canberra online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Parramatta to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Parramatta in August; daily highs in Canberra reach 15°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Narooma.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

few
hours
Narooma

Narooma is a town in the Australian state of New South Wales on the far south coast. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): get great views at Bar Rock Lookout and Australia Rock and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Narooma visit planner.

You can drive from Canberra to Narooma in 3 hours. Traveling from Canberra in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Narooma, with lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tilba Tilba.

Things to do in Narooma

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Bar Rock Lookout and Australia Rock ©

2
nights
Tilba Tilba

Tilba Tilba ©
On the 21st (Wed), sample the tasty concoctions at Camel Rock Brewery and Cafe.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tilba Tilba trip itinerary planner.

Tilba Tilba is very close to Narooma. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in August, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Tilba Tilba

Parks Breweries & Distilleries Shopping

Side Trips

Camel Rock Brewery and Cafe, Central Tilba Historic Village
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The Foxglove Spires Gardens ©
The Foxglove Spires Gardens
Central Tilba Historic Village ©
Central Tilba Historic Village

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nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, about 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne attractions planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tilba Tilba to Melbourne. August in Melbourne sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Food Tours
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and then wander the streets of The Rocks.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney online itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in August: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Mrs Macquarie's Chair ©
Mrs Macquarie's Chair

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