23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

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
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  5 h 45 min
6
Tamborine Mountain
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
7
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h
8
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Bus + 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, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, stroll around Fitzroy Gardens, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne holiday planning tool .

Sydney to Melbourne is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in September; daily highs in Melbourne reach 20°C and lows reach 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:
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Zero Latency ©
Zero Latency
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): look for gifts at Tyde, try for a hole-in-one at Grumpys Crazy Golf, step off the mainland to explore Koala Conservation Centre, then find something for the whole family at A Maze'N Things, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Seal Rock. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Pyramid Rock, then experience rural life at Bimbadeen Phillip Island, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Nobbies Centre, and finally trek along Swan Lake Trail.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cowes vacation builder .

You can drive from Melbourne to Cowes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car 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
Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre
Bimbadeen Phillip Island ©
Bimbadeen Phillip Island

2
nights
Newhaven

Newhaven ©
Newhaven is a town in southern Victoria, in the south Gippsland region. On the 7th (Mon), Head underground at Forrest Caves, learn about all things military at National Vietnam Veterans Museum, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Churchill Island Marine National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Pinnacles Lookout, look for all kinds of wild species at Scenic Estate Conservation Reserve, then head off the coast to Churchill Island, and finally make a trip to Amess House.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Newhaven trip planner.

Newhaven is very close to Cowes. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow 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:
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Churchill Island Marine National Park ©
National Vietnam Veterans Museum ©
National Vietnam Veterans Museum
Pinnacles Lookout ©
Pinnacles Lookout

2
nights
Mornington

Mornington ©
Mornington is a seaside town on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia, located 57km south of Melbourne's central business district. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at The Enchanted Adventure Garden, look for all kinds of wild species at Panorama Garden Estate, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Schanck Boardwalk. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, learn about winemaking at Stumpy Gully Winery, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Tyabb Packing House Antiques, and finally admire the natural beauty at Australian Garden.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mornington day trip app .

Getting from Newhaven to Mornington by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Mornington

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Australian Garden, The Enchanted Adventure Garden, Cape Schanck Boardwalk, Stumpy Gully Winery, Panorama Garden Estate
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 ©

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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: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, get outside with Walpa Gorge, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, and trek along Uluru Hiking Path.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mornington to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. When traveling from Mornington in September, plan for 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can 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
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

1
night
Tamborine Mountain

Tamborine Mountain ©
On the 14th (Mon), stop by Australian Outback Opals, admire the natural beauty at Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens, then get your game on at TankRide, and finally appreciate the history behind Canungra War Memorial.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Tamborine Mountain trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Tamborine Mountain takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in September: highs in Tamborine Mountain hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 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

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

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gold Coast: Brisbane (Psychic Twin Featherz, South Bank Parklands, &more). There's more to do: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Tamborine Mountain to Gold Coast by car takes about an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus 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

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nights
Byron Bay

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): take in the exciting artwork at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, look for gifts at Byron Bay Cookie Company Gift Shop, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then take some stellar pictures from Fisherman's Lookout, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Byron Walking Track.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Byron Bay trip planner.

You can take a bus from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in an hour. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in September, Byron Bay is a bit cooler at night with lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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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, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sydney visit planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Sydney takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Byron Bay in September, you will find days in Sydney are little chillier (25°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time 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
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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