12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Canberra
1
Canberra
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Mallacoota
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Lakes Entrance
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Wilsons Promontory National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Sorrento
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Canberra


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Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 12th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Canberra Rotary Peace Bell, and then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Canberra trip itinerary planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Canberra. In January in Canberra, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mallacoota.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Historic Sites
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Canberra Rotary Peace Bell ©
Canberra Rotary Peace Bell

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Mallacoota

Mallacoota ©
Mallacoota is a small town in the East Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): learn about all things military at WW11 Bunker Museum, trek along Mallacoota Coastal Walks, and then head off the coast to Gabo Island.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Mallacoota road trip planning website .

You can drive from Canberra to Mallacoota in 4.5 hours. While traveling from Canberra, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Mallacoota, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Lakes Entrance.

Things to do in Mallacoota

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Green Cape Lighthouse
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Green Cape Lighthouse ©
Green Cape Lighthouse

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Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance ©
Lakes Entrance is a seaside resort and fishing port in eastern Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): putt your heart out at Footbridge Mini Golf, Icecream & Lolly Shop. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to The Entrance Walk, head off the coast to Raymond Island, and then stroll through Lakes Entrance Beach.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Lakes Entrance trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mallacoota to Lakes Entrance takes 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Lakes Entrance are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Wilsons Promontory National Park.

Things to do in Lakes Entrance

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

St Mary's Catholic Church, Raymond Island, Buchan Caves
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Lakes Entrance Beach ©
Lakes Entrance Beach
St Mary's Catholic Church ©
St Mary's Catholic Church
Raymond Island ©
Raymond Island

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Wilsons Promontory National Park

Wilsons Promontory National Park ©
On the 17th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wilsons Promontory National Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Wilsons Promontory National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Lakes Entrance to Wilsons Promontory National Park in 4 hours. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sorrento.

Things to do in Wilsons Promontory National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Wilsons Promontory National Park ©
Wilsons Promontory National Park
Squeaky Beach ©
Squeaky Beach

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Sorrento

Sorrento ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): snap pictures at London Bridge. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park and then make a trip to Teddy's Lookout.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sorrento route planner .

Traveling by car from Wilsons Promontory National Park to Sorrento takes 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in Sorrento are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sorrento

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Portsea, The Rip, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Teddy's Lookout
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Teddy's Lookout ©
Teddy's Lookout

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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 21st (Mon), learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, admire the natural beauty at Melbourne Zoo, and then admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Melbourne day trip planning site .

You can drive from Sorrento to Melbourne in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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