16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Canberra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Tathra
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Katoomba
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Sydney
— 5 nights
5
Dubbo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

2
nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Questacon and Cockington Green. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia, look for all kinds of wild species at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, and get your game on at Breakr.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Canberra travel route planner.

Melbourne to Canberra is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Melbourne in September, expect little chillier with lows of 3°C in Canberra. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Tathra.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Parks Theme Parks
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Questacon ©
Questacon
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve ©
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

1
night
Tathra

Tathra ©
Tathra is a seaside town on the Sapphire Coast found on the South Coast, New South Wales, Australia in Bega Valley Shire. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at On The Perch Bird Park, get to know the resident critters at On the Perch, and then explore the activities along Kianinny Bay.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tathra trip planning tool .

Getting from Canberra to Tathra by car takes about 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Tathra when traveling from Canberra in September, with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Tathra

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

On the Perch
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On The Perch Bird Park ©
On The Perch Bird Park

5
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Kids will enjoy Jenolan Caves and Trees Adventure Grose River Park. Explore Katoomba's surroundings by going to Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, get outside with Eagle Rock Adventures Pty Ltd, explore the stunning scenery at Pulpit Rock Lookout, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Perry's Lookdown.

For where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Katoomba attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Tathra to Katoomba takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Tathra in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Katoomba, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Blackheath, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Charles Darwin walk, Bilpin Cider Company
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 25:
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Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Perry's Lookdown ©
Perry's Lookdown

5
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.
Attractions like Bondi Beach and Australian National Maritime Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take a stroll through The Rocks, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney day trip site .

Drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Katoomba in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Dubbo.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Taronga Western Plains Zoo and then contemplate the waterfront views at Maquarie River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Old Dubbo Gaol, take in nature's colorful creations at Shoyoen Japanese Garden, and then Head underground at Wellington Caves & Phosphate Mine.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Dubbo trip planning tool .

You can fly from Sydney to Dubbo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Dubbo when traveling from Sydney in September, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubbo

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

Wellington Caves & Phosphate Mine
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:
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Taronga Western Plains Zoo ©
Taronga Western Plains Zoo
Old Dubbo Gaol ©
Old Dubbo Gaol

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