31 days in New South Wales & Victoria Itinerary

31 days in New South Wales & Victoria Itinerary

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31 days in New South Wales & Victoria Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Newcastle
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Blackheath
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h
4
Cowes
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Torquay
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 6 nights
End: Melbourne


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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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip maker app .

Melbourne to Sydney is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in August, expect Sydney to be a bit warmer, temps between 22°C and 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Newcastle.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

4
nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Newcastle: Ernest Hill Wines (in Nulkaba), Norah Head Lighthouse (in Norah Head) and Pokolbin (Wine Tours & Tastings, Harkham Wines, & more). The adventure continues: go for a walk through Newcastle Memorial Walk, identify plant and animal life at Tomaree Head, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and take in the waterfront at Nobbys Head.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Newcastle route maker website .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Newcastle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Newcastle, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Blackheath.

Things to do in Newcastle

Tours Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Pokolbin, Ernest Hill Wines, Lucy's Run Wines, Speers Point Park, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Harkham Wines ©
Harkham Wines
Newcastle Memorial Walk ©
Newcastle Memorial Walk
Norah Head Lighthouse ©
Norah Head Lighthouse

6
nights
Blackheath

Blackheath ©
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lincoln's Rock (in Blue Mountains National Park), Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Bilpin (Pine Crest Orchard & Bilpin Cider Company). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, take a peaceful walk through Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, and hike along Fortress Rock.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Blackheath trip maker site .

You can drive from Newcastle to Blackheath in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Cowes.

Things to do in Blackheath

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Katoomba, Leura, Blue Mountains National Park, Bilpin, Megalong Valley
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

4
nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Cowes is known for wildlife, nature, theme parks, wineries, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Nobbies Centre, brush up on your military savvy at National Vietnam Veterans Museum, get in on the family fun at A Maze'N Things, and take some stellar pictures from Pinnacles Lookout.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cowes travel route planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Blackheath to Cowes. Traveling from Blackheath in August, you will find days in Cowes are little chillier (16°C), and nights are about the same (8°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Torquay.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Ventnor, Newhaven, Summerlands, Pinnacles Lookout, Rhyll Jetty
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The Nobbies Centre ©
The Nobbies Centre
Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre
National Vietnam Veterans Museum ©
National Vietnam Veterans Museum

3
nights
Torquay

Torquay ©
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Torquay: Cape Schanck Boardwalk (in Flinders), Heronswood (in Dromana) and Panorama Garden Estate (in Boneo). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along The Great Ocean Road, take some stellar pictures from Point Danger Lookout, admire the natural beauty at The Enchanted Adventure Garden, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Torquay online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Cowes to Torquay takes 3 hours. August in Torquay sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Torquay

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Cape Schanck Boardwalk, Anglesea Bike Park, Heronswood, Panorama Garden Estate, The Enchanted Adventure Garden
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
The Enchanted Adventure Garden ©
The Enchanted Adventure Garden
Anglesea Bike Park ©
Anglesea Bike Park

6
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, browse the collection at State Library Victoria, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne travel route website .

Traveling by car from Torquay to Melbourne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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