22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Albert Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Brisbane
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Newcastle
— 2 nights
7
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Johannesburg

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Victorian Artists' Society, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc., then admire the masterpieces at Hellenic Museum, then test your team's savvy at Escape Hunt Melbourne, and finally browse the different shops at Royal Arcade. On your second day here, examine the collection at Fire Services Museum of Victoria and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Melbourne route planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Melbourne is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Johannesburg to Melbourne, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in March, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Albert Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Tours Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 13:
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Hellenic Museum ©
Hellenic Museum
Fire Services Museum of Victoria ©
Fire Services Museum of Victoria

2
nights
Albert Park

Albert Park ©
Albert Park is an inner suburb of Melbourne, Australia, 3 km south of Melbourne's central business district. F1 - Australian Grand Prix has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): stroll around Newport Lakes Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: tee off at Albert Park Driving Range, then mix with locals at F1 - Australian Grand Prix, then stop by Albert & Victoria, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Yarraville Gardens.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Albert Park attractions planner.

Albert Park is just a short distance from Melbourne. In March, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Albert Park

Parks Outdoors Events

Side Trips

Yarraville, Pumping Station, Newport Lakes Reserve
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 15:
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Yarraville Gardens ©
Yarraville Gardens
Pumping Station ©
Pumping Station
Newport Lakes Reserve ©
Newport Lakes Reserve

7
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Marcoola Beach and Dicky Beach. Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Buderim Forest Park. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Kondalilla Falls (in Montville), Maleny Mountain Wines (in Maleny) and Bulcock Beach (in Caloundra). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Point Cartwright, get interesting insight from Tours, make a trip to The Gollum Tree, and contemplate the long history of Caboolture Historical Village.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Brisbane tour itinerary website .

Explore your travel options from Albert Park to Brisbane with the Route module. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Albert Park in March; daily highs in Brisbane reach 32°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Harwood.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Marcoola Beach, Caboolture Historical Village, Mount Coolum
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 22:
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Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach
Buderim Forest Park ©
Buderim Forest Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
On the 22nd (Sun), explore the landscape on two wheels at Coffs Creek Walk and Cycleway, delve into the lush surroundings at Korora Lookout, tour the pleasant surroundings at Diggers Beach, learn about winemaking at Two Tails Wines, then browse the exhibits of National Cartoon Gallery, and finally explore the activities along Urunga Wetlands Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): look for gifts at The Honey Place, kick back and relax at Shelly Beach, then don't miss a visit to Sealy Lookout, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Park Beach.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Coffs Harbour journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Coffs Harbour takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. March in Coffs Harbour sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Urunga, Two Tails Wines, Shelly Beach
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 23:
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Korora Lookout ©
Korora Lookout
Diggers Beach ©
Diggers Beach
Two Tails Wines ©
Two Tails Wines

2
nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): examine the collection at Port Macquarie Museum, then steep yourself in history at Old Bottlebutt, and then do a tasting at Long Point Vineyard.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Port Macquarie trip maker website .

Drive from Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Coffs Harbour in March, expect nights in Port Macquarie to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Old Bottlebutt
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 25:
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Port Macquarie Museum ©
Port Macquarie Museum

2
nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Horseshoe Beach, then examine the collection at The Lock-Up, then walk around King Edward Park, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Dixon Park Beach. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Redhead Beach, kick back and relax at Dudley Beach, then explore the activities along Glenrock Lagoon, and finally see the interesting displays at Miss Porter's House.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Newcastle online holiday builder .

Traveling by car from Port Macquarie to Newcastle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Port Macquarie in March, expect nights in Newcastle to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Redhead Beach
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 27:
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Redhead Beach ©
Redhead Beach
Dudley Beach ©
Dudley Beach
Glenrock Lagoon ©
Glenrock Lagoon

4
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Avalon Beach and Bilgola Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cockle Bay Wharf and Observatory Hill. Change things up with a short trip to Mona Vale Beach in Mona Vale (about 40 minutes away). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at North Head Sanctuary, take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap Park, contemplate the long history of Justice & Police Museum, and catch some excitement at Virtual Room Sydney - Virtual Reality Sydney Adventure.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by car from Newcastle to Sydney takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Avalon Beach, North Head Sanctuary, Bilgola Beach, Mona Vale Beach
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 31:
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North Head Sanctuary ©
North Head Sanctuary
Mona Vale Beach ©
Mona Vale Beach
Avalon Beach ©
Avalon Beach

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