21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Drive:  8​h
1
Bega
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Lakes Entrance
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
3
Cowes
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
Rosebud
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
6
Geelong
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
7
Apollo Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Warrnambool
— 1 night
9
Ballarat
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Bendigo
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
11
Echuca
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
12
Wagga Wagga
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
End: Sydney

1
night
Bega

Bega ©
Bega is a town in the south-east of New South Wales, Australia in the Bega Valley Shire. On the 21st (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Tathra Memorial Gardens Walk.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bega day trip planner .

Sydney to Bega is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get slightly colder in Bega: highs are around 26°C and lows about 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Lakes Entrance.

Things to do in Bega

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Tathra Memorial Gardens Walk
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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Tathra Memorial Gardens Walk ©
Tathra Memorial Gardens Walk

few
hours
Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance
Lakes Entrance is a seaside resort and fishing port in eastern Victoria, Australia. For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lakes Entrance trip maker site .

You can drive from Bega to Lakes Entrance in 3.5 hours. In December in Lakes Entrance, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 13°C at night. You will leave for Cowes on the 22nd (Sun).

Things to do in Lakes Entrance

Parks Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:

3
nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Penguin Parade has been added to your itinerary. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Churchill Island, learn about all things military at National Vietnam Veterans Museum, and then get in on the family fun at A Maze'N Things.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cowes vacation planning app .

Traveling by car from Lakes Entrance to Cowes takes 4 hours. In December in Cowes, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. You'll set off for Rosebud on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trips

Phillip Island, Penguin Parade, National Vietnam Veterans Museum
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Churchill Island ©
Churchill Island
Penguin Parade ©
Penguin Parade
Cape Woolamai Beach ©
Cape Woolamai Beach

2
nights
Rosebud

Rosebud ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Peninsula Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Arthurs Seat Eagle and then admire the natural beauty at The Enchanted Adventure Garden.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rosebud tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cowes to Rosebud takes 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Rosebud can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Melbourne.

Things to do in Rosebud

Parks Spas

Side Trips

Arthurs Seat, Peninsula Hot Springs
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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The Enchanted Adventure Garden ©
The Enchanted Adventure Garden
Peninsula Hot Springs ©
Peninsula Hot Springs

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.
On the next day, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To find out how to plan a trip to Melbourne, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Rosebud to Melbourne takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Melbourne are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Geelong.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Scenic Drive

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road

few
hours
Geelong

Geelong
Geelong is a port city located on Corio Bay and the Barwon River, in the state of Victoria, Australia, 75km south-west of the state capital, Melbourne. To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Geelong online driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Melbourne to Geelong in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 16°C. You'll set off for Apollo Bay on the 3rd (Fri).

Things to do in Geelong

Parks Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:

2
nights
Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): explore and take pictures at Great Ocean Road, stroll through Great Ocean Walk, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Mait's Rest.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Apollo Bay trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Geelong to Apollo Bay in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Warrnambool.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Cape Otway Lightstation
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
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Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest
Great Ocean Walk ©
Great Ocean Walk
Cape Otway Lightstation ©
Cape Otway Lightstation

1
night
Warrnambool

Warrnambool ©
Warrnambool is a regional centre and former port city on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia. Plan a Warrnambool trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Apollo Bay to Warrnambool in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ballarat.

Things to do in Warrnambool

Parks Wildlife Museums
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve ©
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village ©
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village

3
nights
Ballarat

Ballarat ©
Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
You've now added MacKenzie Falls to your itinerary. Take a break from Ballarat with a short trip to The Pinnacle in Halls Gap, about 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Sovereign Hill, make a trip to Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, and identify plant and animal life at Ballarat Wildlife Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ballarat sightseeing tool .

You can drive from Warrnambool to Ballarat in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Ballarat can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bendigo.

Things to do in Ballarat

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

MacKenzie Falls, The Pinnacle
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:
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Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill
The Pinnacle ©
The Pinnacle

2
nights
Bendigo

Bendigo ©
The architect Vahland had designs to make Bendigo a "Vienna of the south" by encouraging European artisans to immigrate to the city.
On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Daylesford, get engrossed in the history at The Gold Museum, and then stroll around Rosalind Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Bendigo trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Ballarat to Bendigo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for the bus ride to Echuca.

Things to do in Bendigo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lake Daylesford, The Gold Museum
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Weeroona ©
Lake Weeroona
Central Deborah Gold Mine ©
Central Deborah Gold Mine
Lake Daylesford ©
Lake Daylesford

3
nights
Echuca

Echuca ©
Echuca is a town located on the banks of the Murray River and Campaspe River in Victoria, Australia. To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Echuca visit planner.

Getting from Bendigo to Echuca by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Wagga Wagga.

Things to do in Echuca

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:
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Echuca Historical Society Museum ©
Echuca Historical Society Museum
Port of Echuca Discovery Centre ©
Port of Echuca Discovery Centre

1
night
Wagga Wagga

Wagga Wagga ©
The town of Wagga Wagga has an abnormally high percentage of athletic success.
On the 14th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Wagga Wagga Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Wagga Wagga trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Echuca to Wagga Wagga in 4 hours. In January, daytime highs in Wagga Wagga are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wagga Wagga

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Junee Roundhouse Museum
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Wagga Wagga Beach ©
Wagga Wagga Beach
Junee Roundhouse Museum ©
Junee Roundhouse Museum

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