39 days in Australia Itinerary

39 days in Australia Itinerary

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39 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
Fly + Drive:  34​h
1
Ballina
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Coffs Harbour
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Newcastle
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Mallacoota
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Melbourne
— 25 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Cardiff

4
nights
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. Let the collections at Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum and Hammer and Hand Byron Bay Jewellery and Metal Collective capture your imagination. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Lennox Head Beach and Wategos Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Watersports Guru (in Kingscliff) and Yamba (Main Beach Yamba, Turners Beach, & more). There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, explore the activities along Lake Ainsworth, identify plant and animal life at Victoria Park Nature Reserve, and explore the galleries of Northern Rivers Community Gallery.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Ballina online trip maker .

Cardiff, UK to Ballina is an approximately 34-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Cardiff to Ballina due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cardiff in January, expect Ballina to be warmer, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Ballina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Yamba, Lennox Head, Byron Bay, Victoria Park Nature Reserve, Watersports Guru
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 23:
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Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum
Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum
Pippi Beach ©
Pippi Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
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 24th (Thu): grab your bike and head to Coffs Creek Walk and Cycleway, then stroll through Solitary Islands Coastal Walk, and then take a peaceful walk through Korora Lookout. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Boambee Creek Reserve, take in the exciting artwork at Bunker Cartoon Gallery, then do a tasting at Two Tails Wines, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Diggers beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Coffs Harbour trip planner.

You can drive from Ballina to Coffs Harbour in 3 hours. Traveling from Ballina in January, expect nights in Coffs Harbour to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are little chillier, around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Two Tails Wines, Boambee Creek Reserve
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:
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Korora Lookout ©
Korora Lookout
Diggers Beach ©
Diggers Beach
Two Tails Wines ©
Two Tails Wines

1
night
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Caves Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Redhead Beach. On the next day, visit a coastal fixture at Nobbys Lighthouse, then kick back and relax at Newcastle Beach, and then see the interesting displays at Lost in the 50's Car Museum.

Planning Newcastle trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Drive from Coffs Harbour to Newcastle in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or fly. January in Newcastle sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Newcastle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lost in the 50's Car Museum, Caves Beach, Redhead Beach
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 27:
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Caves Beach ©
Caves Beach
Redhead Beach ©
Redhead Beach
Newcastle Beach ©
Newcastle Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Wattamolla Beach and then identify plant and animal life at North Head Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Barrenjoey Lighthouse, take a stroll through Whale Beach, then admire the masterpieces at Manly Art Gallery and Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Customs House.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney itinerary planning app .

Getting from Newcastle to Sydney by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Mallacoota.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Manly, Whale Beach, Wattamolla Beach, Barrenjoey Lighthouse
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 29:
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North Head Sanctuary ©
North Head Sanctuary
Whale Beach ©
Whale Beach
Customs House ©
Customs House

1
day
Mallacoota

Mallacoota ©
Tucked away on a beautiful inlet in far-east Gippsland is Mallacoota, a popular year-round coastal destination that enjoys Victoria's warmest winter temperatures and cool ocean breezes in summer, with the bonus of its proximity to the magnificent Croajingolong National Park.
On the 30th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Genoa Peak Walk, brush up on your military savvy at WW11 Bunker Museum, and then step off the mainland to explore Gabo Island.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Mallacoota travel planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sydney to Mallacoota. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in January; daily highs in Mallacoota reach 28°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Mallacoota

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Genoa Peak Walk
Find places to stay Jan 29 — 30:
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Gabo Island ©
Gabo Island

25
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Eastern Beach Reserve and Ocean Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Ballarat Wildlife Park and Bells Beach. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Popcultcha Collectors Gallery (in North Geelong), Art Gallery of Ballarat (in Ballarat) and Anglesea (Point Roadknight & Point Addis Marine National Park). Spend the 5th (Tue) exploring nature at Point Nepean National Park. Spend the 9th (Sat) exploring nature at Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Somers Beach, explore the activities along Lake Daylesford, and view the masterpieces at Bruno's Art and Sculpture Garden.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne road trip app .

Explore your travel options from Mallacoota to Melbourne with the Route module. January in Melbourne sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Marysville, Torquay, Daylesford, Chewton, Anglesea
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 24:
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Cathedral Range State Park ©
Cathedral Range State Park
Hanging Rock Reserve ©
Hanging Rock Reserve
Coal Creek Community Park and Museum ©

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