23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly:  3 h 30 min
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Cowes
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
3
Newhaven
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Mornington
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6 h
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
6
Tamborine Mountain
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
7
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
8
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
9
Sydney
— 4 nights
End: Sydney

3
nights
Melbourne

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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne route planner.

Sydney to Melbourne is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in September, things will get little chillier in Melbourne: highs are around 20°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cowes.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

2
nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): stop by Tyde, try for a hole-in-one at Grumpys Crazy Golf, thenstep off the mainland to explore Koala Conservation Centre, thenget in on the family fun at A Maze'N Things, and finally identify plant and animal life at Seal Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Pyramid Rock, thenexperience rural life at Bimbadeen Phillip Island, thenget to know the resident critters at The Nobbies Centre, and finally hike along Swan Lake Trail.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cowes tour itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Cowes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Newhaven.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trips

Summerlands, Ventnor, Seal Rock
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
The Nobbies Centre ©
The Nobbies Centre
Tyde ©
Tyde
Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre

2
nights
Newhaven

Newhaven ©
Newhaven is a town in southern Victoria, in the south Gippsland region. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Forrest Caves, thenbrush up on your military savvy at National Vietnam Veterans Museum, and then explore the striking landscape of Churchill Island Marine National Park. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Pinnacles Lookout, identify plant and animal life at Scenic Estate Conservation Reserve, thenstep off the mainland to explore Churchill Island, and finally make a trip to Amess House.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Newhaven vacation builder app.

Newhaven is just a short distance from Cowes. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mornington.

Things to do in Newhaven

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Phillip Island, Pinnacles Lookout
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Churchill Island Marine National Park ©
Churchill Island Marine National Park
Pinnacles Lookout ©
Pinnacles Lookout
National Vietnam Veterans Museum ©
National Vietnam Veterans Museum

2
nights
Mornington

Mornington ©
Mornington is a seaside town on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia, located 57km south of Melbourne's central business district. On the 9th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at The Enchanted Adventure Garden, admire the natural beauty at Panorama Garden Estate, and then trek along Cape Schanck Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, do a tasting at Stumpy Gully Winery, thenpick up a one of a kind souvenir at Tyabb Packing House Antiques, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Australian Garden.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mornington online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Newhaven to Mornington takes 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Mornington can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Mornington

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trips

Australian Garden, The Enchanted Adventure Garden, Stumpy Gully Winery, Panorama Garden Estate, Tyabb Packing House Antiques
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Schanck Boardwalk ©
Cape Schanck Boardwalk
The Enchanted Adventure Garden ©
The Enchanted Adventure Garden
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery ©
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

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nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, and appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip planning app.

Explore your travel options from Mornington to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park with the Route module. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Mornington to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Mornington in September, plan for much warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tamborine Mountain.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

1
night
Tamborine Mountain

Tamborine Mountain ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): look for gifts at Australian Outback Opals, admire the natural beauty at Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens, thenhave some family-friendly fun at TankRide, and finally pause for some photo ops at Canungra War Memorial.

For photos and other tourist information, read Tamborine Mountain journey planner.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Tamborine Mountain by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Tamborine Mountain is 0.5 hours. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in September, you will find days in Tamborine Mountain are slightly colder (27°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Tamborine Mountain

Parks Shopping Fun & Games

Side Trips

Canungra War Memorial, TankRide
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens ©
Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens
Canungra War Memorial ©
Canungra War Memorial
Australian Outback Opals ©
Australian Outback Opals

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Gold Coast: Brisbane (Psychic Twin Featherz, South Bank Parklands, &more). It doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Gold Coast road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tamborine Mountain to Gold Coast takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trip

Brisbane
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): browse the exhibits of Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, stop by Byron Bay Cookie Company Gift Shop, thenvisit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, and finally savor the flavors at Food & Drink. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take some stellar pictures from Fisherman's Lookout, and then hike along Cape Byron Walking Track.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay tour builder.

Getting from Gold Coast to Byron Bay by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Gold Coast in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 11°C in Byron Bay. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Byron Bay to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Byron Bay, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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