19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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Byron Bay
— 2 nights
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Sydney
— 4 nights
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Eden
— 1 night
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Torquay
— 2 nights
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Port Campbell
— 3 nights
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Melbourne
— 5 nights
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Byron Bay — 2 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Byron Bay side-trips: Ballina (Ballina Historic Waterfront Trail & Lighthouse Beach). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Byron Walking Track, indulge in some personalized pampering at Villaggio Spa, and meet some fierce fish with Sundive Byron Bay.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay trip itinerary planner.

Brisbane to Byron Bay is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Traveling from Brisbane in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Byron Bay, with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Sydney.
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Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches
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Sydney — 4 nights

The Harbour City

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 day by day itinerary now includes Taronga Zoo. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Shelly Beach in Manly, approximately Manly away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner.

Getting from Byron Bay to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Eden.
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Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 2:

Eden — 1 night

Eden is a seaside holiday township and home to the whale-watching cruise.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): examine the collection at Killer Whale Museum, get in on the family fun at Magic Mountain, and then take a leisurely stroll along The Merimbula Boardwalk.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Eden driving holiday planner.

Getting from Sydney to Eden by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in January; daily highs in Eden reach 28°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can fly to Torquay.
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Theme Parks · Museums
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Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:

Torquay — 2 nights

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 4th (Tue), enjoy the sea views from Split Point Lighthouse, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then cruise along The Great Ocean Road.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Torquay trip maker tool.

You can drive from Eden to Torquay in 7.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Torquay sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Port Campbell.
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Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Spas · Historic Sites
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Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

Port Campbell — 3 nights

Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Campbell: Otway Fly Treetop Adventures (in Weeaproinah) and Cape Otway Lightstation (in Cape Otway). Spend the 6th (Thu) exploring nature at Port Campbell National Park. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Twelve Apostles, look for all kinds of wild species at Gibsons Steps, and take in the dramatic natural features at London Bridge.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Port Campbell tour planner.

Getting from Torquay to Port Campbell by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Melbourne.
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Melbourne — 5 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 10th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, stroll through St. Kilda Beach, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne holiday builder website.

You can drive from Port Campbell to Melbourne in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Jan 8 — 13:

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.
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