49 days in Australia Itinerary

49 days in Australia Itinerary

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49 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 8 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Warrnambool
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Colac
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Apollo Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Torquay
— 7 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Sydney
— 9 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
7
Byron Bay
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Cairns
— 9 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Zurich

8
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: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and get lost in a book at State Library Victoria.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne online trip itinerary builder .

Zurich, Switzerland to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Zurich to Melbourne, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Zurich in August; daily highs in Melbourne reach 16°C and lows reach 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Warrnambool.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

4
nights
Warrnambool

Warrnambool ©
Warrnambool is a regional centre and former port city on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia. Explore Warrnambool's surroundings by going to Port Campbell (Port Campbell National Park, The Grotto, & more) and Camperdown (Robert Burns Statue & Courthouse Camperdown). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Islands, don't miss a visit to Mystery In The Trees, have some family-friendly fun at Mini Golf by The Sea, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Tower Hill Cemetery.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Warrnambool sightseeing planning website .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Warrnambool takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Colac.

Things to do in Warrnambool

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Campbell, Camperdown
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Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
Bay of Islands ©
Bay of Islands

1
night
Colac

Colac ©
Colac is a small city in the Western District of Victoria, Australia, approximately 150 kilometres south-west of Melbourne on the southern shore of Lake Colac and the surrounding volcanic plains, approximately 40km inland from Bass Strait. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): browse the fresh offerings at Jo's Pantry, then stroll around Memorial Square, then take in nature's colorful creations at Colac Botanic Gardens, and finally explore the striking landscape at Red Rock.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Colac trip planner.

Getting from Warrnambool to Colac by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Apollo Bay.

Things to do in Colac

Parks Nature Shopping
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Colac Botanic Gardens ©
Colac Botanic Gardens
Red Rock ©
Red Rock
Memorial Square ©
Memorial Square

2
nights
Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. On the 17th (Sat), look for gifts at Karmic Goat Soapworks, don't miss a visit to Great Ocean Road, and then stroll through Great Ocean Walk. On the next day, tee off at Apollo Bay Golf Club, then get great views at Mariners Lookout, and then trek along Mait's Rest.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Apollo Bay online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Colac to Apollo Bay in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Torquay.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Great Ocean Walk ©
Great Ocean Walk
Great Ocean Road ©
Great Ocean Road
Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest

7
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 Torquay's surroundings by going to Heronswood (in Dromana), Panorama Garden Estate (in Boneo) and The Enchanted Adventure Garden (in Arthurs Seat). And it doesn't end there: cruise along The Great Ocean Road, get to know the resident critters at The Nobbies Centre, stroll through Cape Schanck Boardwalk, and go for a walk through The Two Bays Walking Track.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Torquay sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Apollo Bay to Torquay in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Torquay are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Summerlands, Ventnor, The Enchanted Adventure Garden, Greens Bush, The Two Bays Walking Track
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
The Nobbies Centre ©
The Nobbies Centre
Swan Lake Trail ©
Swan Lake Trail

9
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba), Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley) and Bilpin (Pine Crest Orchard & Bilpin Cider Company). There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney road trip planner.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Torquay to Sydney in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, Sydney is a bit warmer than Torquay - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Bilpin, Wentworth Falls, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Trees Adventure Grose River Park, Logan Brae Orchard
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

6
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Byron Bay: Watersports Guru (in Kingscliff), Daleys Fruit Tree Nursery (in Kyogle) and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah). Spend the 9th (Mon) exploring nature at Bundjalung National Park. There's still lots to do: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Warning Summit Trail.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Byron Bay vacation maker website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Byron Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sydney in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Byron Bay, with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Evans Head, Daleys Fruit Tree Nursery, Watersports Guru, Mount Warning Summit Trail, Hastings Point Headland
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Watersports Guru ©
Watersports Guru
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track

9
nights
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Rex Lookout (in Wangetti), Port Douglas (Flagstaff Hill Lookout, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Spas, & more). And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll around Anzac Park, have fun at Muddy's Playground, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cairns travel planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Byron Bay in September; daily highs in Cairns reach 33°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Earl Hill, Rex Lookout
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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