9 days in Australia Itinerary

9 days in Australia Itinerary

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9 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Captains Flat
Drive:  7​h 15​min
1
Cobar
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Bourke
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Lightning Ridge
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
4
Captains Flat
— 3 nights
End: Captains Flat

1
day
Cobar

Cobar ©
Cobar is a town in central western New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): stroll around Cobar Miners Heritage Park, get engrossed in the history at Great Cobar Heritage Centre, then get great views at Fort Bourke Hill Lookout, Peak Gold Mines, then steep yourself in history at Mount Grenfell Historic Site, and finally don't miss a visit to Commonwealth Meteorological Station.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cobar trip itinerary planning website .

Canberra to Cobar is an approximately 7.5-hour car ride. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Canberra in July: high temperatures in Cobar hover around 19°C and lows are around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bourke.

Things to do in Cobar

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Great Cobar Heritage Centre ©
Great Cobar Heritage Centre
Mount Grenfell Historic Site ©
Mount Grenfell Historic Site

1
night
Bourke

Bourke ©
Bourke is a town in the north-west of New South Wales, Australia. On the 15th (Mon), gain insight at Bourke Historic Wharf, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bourke Historic Cemetery, then examine the collection at Back O'Bourke Exhibition Centre, then view the masterpieces at Back O' Bourke Gallery, and finally contemplate the long history of Mulgowan (Yapa) Aboriginal Rock Art Site.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bourke trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Cobar to Bourke takes 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Lightning Ridge.

Things to do in Bourke

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Back O' Bourke Gallery
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Bourke Historic Wharf ©
Bourke Historic Wharf
Back O' Bourke Gallery ©
Back O' Bourke Gallery

3
nights
Lightning Ridge

Lightning Ridge ©
Lightning Ridge is a town in north-western New South Wales, Australia, in Walgett Shire, near the southern border of Queensland, about six kilometres east of the Castlereagh Highway, and is served in commercial activities by the town of Walgett, some 75 km to the south. On the 16th (Tue), take in the natural beauty of Artesian Baths, browse the exhibits of John Murray Art Gallery, then don't miss a visit to Stanley the Emu, then take in the exciting artwork at Chambers of The Black Hand, and finally step into the grandiose world of Amigos Castle. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Lightning Ridge, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get engrossed in the history at Lightning Ridge Heritage Cottage Hospital Gallery, learn more about the world around you at Australian Opal Centre, then stop by Down to Earth Opals, and finally take an in-depth tour of Kangaroo Hill Complex.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lightning Ridge trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Bourke to Lightning Ridge in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Captains Flat.

Things to do in Lightning Ridge

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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John Murray Art Gallery ©
John Murray Art Gallery
Chambers of The Black Hand ©
Chambers of The Black Hand
Lightning Ridge ©
Lightning Ridge

3
nights
Captains Flat

Captains Flat ©
Captains Flat is a town in the Southern Tablelands of rural New South Wales, Australia, in Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council. Explore Captains Flat's surroundings by going to Macenmist Black Truffles & Wines (in Bredbo), Point Hut Crossing (in Gordon) and St. Bede's Parish (in Braidwood). There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Wisbey's Orchards, explore the wealth of natural beauty at The Big Hole, Deua National Park, and don't miss a visit to Pooh Bear's Corner.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Captains Flat trip builder .

Traveling by car from Lightning Ridge to Captains Flat takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. July in Captains Flat sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 0°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 21st (Sun).

Things to do in Captains Flat

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Wisbey's Orchards, St. Bede's Parish, The Big Hole, Deua National Park, Pooh Bear's Corner, Point Hut Crossing
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Wisbey's Orchards ©
Wisbey's Orchards

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