32 days in Australia Itinerary

32 days in Australia Itinerary

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32 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Apollo Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Warrnambool
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Naracoorte
— 1 night
car:  8​h
5
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​h 45​min
7
Alice Springs
— 4 nights
Fly:  29​h
8
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Wallerawang
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
11
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
12
Brisbane
— 4 nights
End: Brisbane


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4
nights
Melbourne

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 the city and head to Eastern Beach Reserve and 13th Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ballarat Wildlife Park and Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery. Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: Art Gallery of Ballarat (in Ballarat) and Bruno's Art and Sculpture Garden (in Marysville). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take a stroll through Melbourne Central, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo.

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If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airport is Melbourne International Airport. January in Melbourne sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. On the 11th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cowes.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Ballarat, Bruno's Art and Sculpture Garden, Eastern Beach Reserve, Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, 13th Beach
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:
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Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

2
nights
Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. On the 11th (Fri), look for gifts at High on Heels. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Great Otway National Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Apollo Bay road trip website .

You can drive from Melbourne to Apollo Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Warrnambool.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Beech Forest, Red Rock Theatre and Gallery, Great Otway National Park
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:
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Great Otway National Park ©
Great Otway National Park
The Redwoods ©
The Redwoods
Triplet Falls ©
Triplet Falls

1
night
Warrnambool

Warrnambool
Warrnambool is a regional centre and former port city on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia. To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Warrnambool trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Apollo Bay to Warrnambool in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll set off for Naracoorte on the 14th (Mon).

Things to do in Warrnambool

Parks Nature Outdoors
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1
night
Naracoorte

Naracoorte ©
Naracoorte is a town in the Limestone Coast region of South Australia, approximately 336 kilometres south-east of Adelaide and 100 kilometres north of Mount Gambier on the Riddoch Highway .HistoryNaracoorte was formed from the merger of two towns, Kincraig, founded in 1845 by Scottish explorer William Macintosh, and Narracoorte, established as a government settlement in 1847. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): Head underground at Naracoorte Caves National Park and then look for gifts at Yulgilbar Wood Gallery.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Naracoorte road trip planner .

Drive from Warrnambool to Naracoorte in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Naracoorte

Parks Nature Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 15:
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Naracoorte Caves National Park ©
Naracoorte Caves National Park
Yulgilbar Wood Gallery ©
Yulgilbar Wood Gallery

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): look for gifts at Drift On Bliss. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain, identify plant and animal life at Seal Bay Conservation Park, and then wander the wide-open spaces of Island Pure Sheep Dairy.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kangaroo Island trip itinerary tool .

Explore your travel options from Naracoorte to Kangaroo Island with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:
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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
Stokes Beach ©
Stokes Beach

2
nights
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 18th (Fri): stroll through Henley Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Glenelg Beach, and then stop by Unique Opal Mine Pty Ltd. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pick up some local products at Harvest the Fleurieu, then enjoy the sand and surf at Aldinga Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Maslin Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Adelaide travel route planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. In January, daytime highs in Adelaide are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Adelaide

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Henley Beach, Harvest the Fleurieu, Glenelg Beach, Maslin Beach, Aldinga Beach
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Henley Beach ©
Henley Beach
Aldinga Beach ©
Aldinga Beach
Glenelg Beach ©
Glenelg Beach

4
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mount Gillen and Simpsons Gap Bicycle Path. Take a break from the city and head to Walking tours and Alice Springs Desert Park. There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at Yubu Napa Art Gallery, head outdoors with Simpsons Gap, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Emily Gap, and get great views at Anzac Hill.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Alice Springs day trip website .

You can fly from Adelaide to Alice Springs in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Adelaide in January, expect Alice Springs to be a bit warmer, temps between 41°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 24:
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Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park ©

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shelly Beach and Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park. Get outdoors at Manly Beach and Bondi Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Morisset Park (in Morisset), Munmorah State Conservation Area (in Lake Munmorah) and Bouddi National Park (in Killcare). There's lots more to do: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Sydney road trip app .

You can fly from Alice Springs to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Alice Springs, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Wallerawang.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Morisset Park, Bouddi National Park, Shelly Beach, Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park, Munmorah State Conservation Area
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park ©
Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

1
day
Wallerawang

Wallerawang ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): explore the activities along Lake Wallace, then examine the collection at Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Marrangaroo National Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Wallerawang holiday maker site .

You can drive from Sydney to Wallerawang in 2.5 hours. In January in Wallerawang, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Wallerawang

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum
Find places to stay Jan 30 — 31:
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Lake Wallace ©
Lake Wallace
Marrangaroo National Park ©
Marrangaroo National Park
Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum ©
Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum

3
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): explore the galleries of Penrith Regional Gallery, take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along The Giant Stairway, then look for gifts at Teddy Sinclair, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Katoomba Antique Centre, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Pulpit Rock Lookout.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Katoomba trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Wallerawang to Katoomba in an hour. In January in Katoomba, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time for travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Penrith Regional Gallery, Teddy Sinclair, Wentworth Falls Lake, Pulpit Rock Lookout
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 2:
Highlights from your plan
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway

1
night
Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ainsworth, then identify plant and animal life at Pat Morton Lookout, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wategos Beach.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Byron Bay trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and bus from Katoomba to Byron Bay takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trip

Lennox Head
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Ainsworth ©
Lake Ainsworth
Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Pat Morton Lookout ©
Pat Morton Lookout

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Bulcock Beach. Head to Barb's Gift Shop and Kawana Shoppingworldfor plenty of shopping. Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve (in Maleny), Montville (Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith & Montville Art Gallery) and Seaview Art Gallery (in Caloundra). And it doesn't end there: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Relove Oxley, pause for some serene contemplation at St Marys Catholic Church, and make a trip to Wheel of Brisbane.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Brisbane itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Brisbane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Caloundra, Montville, Barb's Gift Shop, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Kawana Shoppingworld
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach

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