What should I do in Australia?
With so much space to cover, it is often hard to plan out what to do, where to do it, and for how long. I know I’ve been left staring at maps for long periods of time trying to calculate if what I’m trying to do is even plausible in the amount of time given, so trust me that I completely understand how confusing it can get. This is why I have decided to make a list of the itineraries I have put together – including everything from long road trips to weekend escapes – in one place.
Here you can get a better idea for what types of trips one can take when in the land down under:
Australia Itinerary: The Perfect Two Weeks
The perfect two weeks itinerary is great for first-time travelers to Australia. It introduces them to the best of Sydney, Melbourne and Cairns, which also means they get to experience the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest in the process. For those with a little more pep to their step, there is an alternative route here that includes a stopover in the magical Fraser Island.
16 Day Itinerary: Cairns to Sydney [Driving]
This road trip is the ultimate east coast driving adventure from Cairns to Sydney packed into 16 amazing days. It includes snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, Mosman Gorge, Cape Tribulation, Granite Gorge, the Atherton Tablelands, Mission Beach, whale watching in Hervey Bay, a 2 day tour of Fraser Island and a stop at Port Macquarie. Be warned; this trip is not for the slow-moving bunch.
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7 Day Itinerary: Sydney South Coast Circle [Driving]
The Sydney South Coast Circle is a driving adventure that is meant to introduce people to a little bit more of New South Wales, specifically the southern beaches, the Snowy Mountains and the Blue Mountains. The big draw to driving this route is the Grand Pacific Drive and Sydney Royal National Park. There are stops in Kiama, Bateman’s Bay, Bega, Cooma, Canberra and Katoomba.
Outback NSW Road Trip [Driving]
This 9 day itinerary (preferably 11 days) takes the traveler out to the farthest reaches of New South Wales to visit outback locations, such as Broken Hill, Silverton and White Cliffs. There you can visit old mining towns and sleep underground in living quarters actually made from old mines. It’s an experience that will almost definitely take you back in time.
Day Trip Itineraries
- Day Trips from Sydney Options include visiting the Blue Mountains, the Royal National Park and Hunter Valley.
- Day Trips from Melbourne Options include the Dandenong Ranges, Yarra Valley and Hanging Rock.
- Day Trips from Cairns Options include the Great Barrier Reef, Kuranda and the Atherton Tablelands.
- Day Trips from Perth Options include the Swan Valley, Fremantle and Rottnest Island.
- Day Trips from Darwin Options include Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park and Tiwi Islands.
- Day Trips from Brisbane Options include Tamborine Mountain, Moreton Bay and Gold Coast.
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