28 days in Melbourne & New South Wales Itinerary

28 days in Melbourne & New South Wales Itinerary

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28 days in Melbourne & New South Wales Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
Fly:  24​h
1
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Shoal Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Wallerawang
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Katoomba
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Dusseldorf

6
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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Building. Spend the 22nd (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Trin Warren Tam-boore, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, delve into the lush surroundings at Gresswell Nature Reserve, and steep yourself in history at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne itinerary maker site .

Dusseldorf, Germany to Melbourne is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Dusseldorf to Melbourne. Traveling from Dusseldorf in September, expect Melbourne to be slightly colder, temps between 20°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Melbourne

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Gresswell Nature Reserve
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

2
nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Escape the urban bustle at Koala Hospital and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Tacking Point Lighthouse and St Thomas Anglican Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Port Macquarie with an excursion to Saltwater National Park in Old Bar--about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Port Macquarie trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Port Macquarie takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Melbourne in September: highs in Port Macquarie hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Shoal Bay.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Saltwater National Park
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Saltwater National Park ©
Saltwater National Park

2
nights
Shoal Bay

Shoal Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Winda Woppa Reserve and then identify plant and animal life at Tomaree Head. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Reserve Mangrove Boardwalk and then identify plant and animal life at Tilligerry Habitat Tanilba Bay.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Shoal Bay driving holiday planning website .

You can drive from Port Macquarie to Shoal Bay in 3 hours. Traveling from Port Macquarie in September, expect nights in Shoal Bay to be a bit cooler, around 10°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Wallerawang.

Things to do in Shoal Bay

Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Koala Reserve Mangrove Boardwalk, Winda Woppa Reserve, Tilligerry Habitat Tanilba Bay
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Tilligerry Habitat Tanilba Bay ©
Tilligerry Habitat Tanilba Bay
Koala Reserve Mangrove Boardwalk ©
Koala Reserve Mangrove Boardwalk

3
nights
Wallerawang

Wallerawang ©
Visit Blackfellows Hand Cave and Hartley Historic Site for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Marrangaroo National Park and Jenolan Caves. Step out of Wallerawang with an excursion to Turon National Park in Capertee--about 44 minutes away.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Wallerawang day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Shoal Bay to Wallerawang takes 4.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Wallerawang can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Wallerawang

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Lithgow, Jenolan Caves, Hartley Historic Site, Turon National Park
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Marrangaroo National Park ©
Marrangaroo National Park
Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
Hartley Historic Site ©
Hartley Historic Site

4
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Get in touch with nature at Coachwood Glen Nature Trail and Pulpit Rock Lookout. When in Katoomba, make a side trip to see Corridor of Oaks in Faulconbridge, approximately 42 minutes away. On the 8th (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Perry's Lookdown. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Grand Canyon track, admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, and get great views at Lincoln's Rock.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Katoomba trip planning website .

You can drive from Wallerawang to Katoomba in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Blackheath, Corridor of Oaks, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
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Coachwood Glen Nature Trail ©
Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Perry's Lookdown ©
Perry's Lookdown

7
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and St. Mary's Cathedral. Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Spend the 14th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, identify plant and animal life at Muogamarra Nature Reserve, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Sydney visit planner.

Getting from Katoomba to Sydney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Katoomba in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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