56 days in Australia Itinerary

56 days in Australia Itinerary

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56 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 28 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Torquay
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Bright
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
4
Sydney
— 12 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Gold Coast
— 10 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

28
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Melbourne Museum and Old Melbourne Gaol. Shrine of Remembrance and Trinity College Chapel will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (in Pearcedale), Kinglake National Park (in Whittlesea) and Healesville Sanctuary (in Healesville). Spend the 3rd (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 9th (Thu), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, stroll through Melbourne Zoo, and meet the residents at Werribee Open Range Zoo.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne online tour itinerary planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Melbourne. In August in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Torquay.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, Dandenong Ranges National Park, Stoniers Vineyard, Blackburn Lake Sanctuary, Spas & Wellness
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

2
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.
On the 30th (Thu), make a trip to Split Point Lighthouse and then admire all the interesting features of The Great Ocean Road. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at National Wool Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Eastern Beach Reserve, and then examine the collection at Fort Queenscliff Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Torquay online day trip planner .

Drive from Melbourne to Torquay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Bright.

Things to do in Torquay

#Outdoors, #Scenic Drive, #Museums

Side Trips

Geelong, Fort Queenscliff Museum, Split Point Lighthouse
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The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Split Point Lighthouse ©
Split Point Lighthouse

2
nights
Bright

Bright ©
Bright is a town in northeastern Victoria, Australia, 319 metres above sea level at the southeastern end of the Ovens Valley. Get a sense of the local culture at Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyard - Cellar Door, Wine Bar and Events and Beechworth Gaol Unlocked. Visiting Alpine National Park and Mount Hotham Alpine Resort will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Bright side-trips: Beechworth Historic Courthouse (in Beechworth) and Milawa Mustard (in Milawa).

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bright online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Torquay to Bright takes 4.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Bright are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Bright

#Parks, #Winter Sports, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Milawa, Beechworth, Alpine National Park, Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board
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12
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Rocks and St Thomas Becket Church. Escape the urban bustle at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Muogamarra Nature Reserve. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown). Spend the 9th (Sun) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Spend the 13th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, identify plant and animal life at Green Point Reserve, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sydney online holiday planner .

Getting from Bright to Sydney by car takes about 7 hours. In September, Sydney is a bit warmer than Bright - with highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

10
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Cape Byron Lighthouse and Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fingal Head Lighthouse and Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse. Explore Gold Coast's surroundings by going to Venman Bushland National Park (in Mount Cotton), Tropical Fruit World (in Duranbah) and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach, stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Gold Coast online route planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Fingal Head Lighthouse, Moffat Beach, Tropical Fruit World, Venman Bushland National Park
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

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