18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Bundaberg
Fly:  6​h
1
Ballina
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
2
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
3
Nowra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Cooma
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Omeo
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Wagga Wagga
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
7
Jenolan Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Dubbo
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
9
Bourke
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 30​min
10
Charleville
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 30​min
11
Monto
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
12
Cania Gorge National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
13
Bundaberg
— 1 night
End: Bundaberg

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Ballina

Ballina ©
Ballina is a town in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia, and the seat of the Ballina Shire local government area. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): learn about all things military at Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum, then view the masterpieces at Jules Hunt Studio Gallery, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Bundjalung National Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Ballina road trip planning app .

Bundaberg to Ballina is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Bundaberg in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Ballina, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Ballina

Beaches Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Bundjalung National Park
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Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Bundjalung National Park ©
Bundjalung National Park
Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum ©
Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum

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Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Port Macquarie Museum, examine the collection at Roto House, then look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Thomas Anglican Church.

Before you visit Port Macquarie, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Ballina to Port Macquarie by car takes about 4.5 hours. While traveling from Ballina, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Nowra.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Port Macquarie Museum ©
Port Macquarie Museum
St Thomas Anglican Church ©
St Thomas Anglican Church

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Nowra

Nowra ©
Nowra is a town in the South Coast region of New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): examine the collection at Fleet Air Arm Museum, then contemplate the long history of Meroogal, then meet the residents at Shoalhaven Zoo, and finally take in the views from Hampden Bridge.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nowra journey planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Port Macquarie to Nowra. When traveling from Port Macquarie in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Nowra, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Cooma.

Things to do in Nowra

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Hampden Bridge
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Fleet Air Arm Museum ©
Fleet Air Arm Museum
Shoalhaven Zoo ©
Shoalhaven Zoo
Meroogal ©
Meroogal

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Cooma

Cooma
Cooma is a town in the south of New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Selwyn Snowfields.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cooma itinerary planner.

Drive from Nowra to Cooma in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Nowra in July, things will get a bit cooler in Cooma: highs are around 11°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Omeo.

Things to do in Cooma

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors
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Omeo

Omeo
Omeo is a town in Victoria, Australia on the Great Alpine Road, east of Mount Hotham, in the Shire of East Gippsland. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): make a trip to Omeo Historic Park & Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Omeo trip website .

You can drive from Cooma to Omeo in 5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Wagga Wagga.

Things to do in Omeo

Historic Sites
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Wagga Wagga

Wagga Wagga ©
The town of Wagga Wagga has an abnormally high percentage of athletic success.
On the 30th (Tue), examine the collection at Coolamon Fire Museum, then have some family-friendly fun at Project Paintball Wagga, then explore the galleries of Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Riverina.

Plan my Wagga Wagga trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Getting from Omeo to Wagga Wagga by car takes about 4.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Wagga Wagga are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Jenolan Caves.

Things to do in Wagga Wagga

Museums Fun & Games Shopping

Side Trip

Coolamon Fire Museum
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Coolamon Fire Museum ©
Coolamon Fire Museum
Project Paintball Wagga ©
Project Paintball Wagga
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery ©
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

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Jenolan Caves

Jenolan Caves ©
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Lake and then explore the fascinating underground world of Jenolan Caves.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Jenolan Caves road trip planning site .

You can drive from Wagga Wagga to Jenolan Caves in 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Wagga Wagga in July: highs in Jenolan Caves hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Dubbo.

Things to do in Jenolan Caves

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Jul 30 — 31:
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Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves

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Dubbo

Dubbo ©
Visit the city of Dubbo, the most populous urban area in the Orana Region, for an exciting and thriving multicultural city from which to explore the surrounding Great Western Plains.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope and The Drip Gorge. Old Dubbo Gaol and War Memorial will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Warrumbungle National Park (in Coonabarabran), Wellington Caves & Phosphate Mine (in Wellington) and Memorial Hill Lookout (in Parkes). And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Shoyoen Japanese Garden, and get lost in a book at Macquarie Regional Library.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Dubbo trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Jenolan Caves to Dubbo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Bourke.

Things to do in Dubbo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Parkes, Wellington Caves & Phosphate Mine, The Drip Gorge, Warrumbungle National Park
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 4:
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CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope ©
CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope
Taronga Western Plains Zoo ©
Taronga Western Plains Zoo
Old Dubbo Gaol ©
Old Dubbo Gaol

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Bourke

Bourke ©
Bourke is a town in the north-west of New South Wales, Australia. On the 5th (Mon), take in panoramic vistas at Bourke Historic Wharf, see the interesting displays at Back O'Bourke Exhibition Centre, then take in the exciting artwork at Back O' Bourke Gallery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bourke Historic Cemetery, and finally explore and take pictures at Louth Races.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Bourke visit planner .

Getting from Dubbo to Bourke by car takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Charleville.

Things to do in Bourke

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Back O' Bourke Gallery
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Bourke Historic Cemetery ©
Bourke Historic Cemetery
Back O'Bourke Exhibition Centre ©
Back O'Bourke Exhibition Centre
Back O' Bourke Gallery ©
Back O' Bourke Gallery

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Charleville

Charleville ©
Charleville is a town and locality in the Shire of Murweh, Queensland, Australia. On the 6th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Charleville Bilby Experience, then look for all kinds of wild species at Outback Native Timber Walk, then see the sky in a new way at Charleville Cosmos Centre & Observatory, and finally see the interesting displays at Royal Flying Doctor Hangar Visitor Centre.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Charleville vacation site .

Traveling by car from Bourke to Charleville takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Monto.

Things to do in Charleville

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Monto

Monto ©
Monto is a town in Queensland, Australia, located on the Burnett Highway 500km north-west of Brisbane and 235km south of Rockhampton. To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Monto trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Charleville to Monto in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Cania Gorge National Park.

Things to do in Monto

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Wuruma
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Cania Gorge National Park ©
Cania Gorge National Park
Lake Wuruma ©
Lake Wuruma

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Cania Gorge National Park

Cania Gorge National Park
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): admire the engineering at Cania Dam.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cania Gorge National Park route builder app .

Traveling by car from Monto to Cania Gorge National Park takes an hour. In August in Cania Gorge National Park, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Cania Gorge National Park

Parks
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Bundaberg

Bundaberg ©
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): stroll through Alexandra Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alexandra Park Zoo, then examine the collection at Hinkler Hall of Aviation, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Mon Repos Turtle Express.

Make your Bundaberg itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Cania Gorge National Park to Bundaberg in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Alexandra Park Zoo ©
Alexandra Park Zoo
Hinkler Hall of Aviation ©
Hinkler Hall of Aviation
Alexandra Park ©
Alexandra Park

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