12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Mont Tremblant
Fly:  28​h
1
Sydney
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Katoomba
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
4
Nelson Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Pokolbin
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Wisemans Ferry
— 3 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Mont Tremblant

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Featherdale Wildlife Park, kick back and relax at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, then steep yourself in history at St. Mary's Cathedral, and finally get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Shelly Beach, then hike along Manly Scenic Walkway, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bronte Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sydney road trip website .

Mont Tremblant, Canada to Sydney is an approximately 28-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Mont Tremblant to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Bronte Beach, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Balmoral Beach, Mosman
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Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach

1
night
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): make a trip to Echo Point Lookout, then admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Katoomba online travel route planner .

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Katoomba are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Echo Point Lookout ©
Echo Point Lookout

1
night
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 16th (Sun), explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Zoo and Aquarium, and then explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Canberra journey tool .

You can drive from Katoomba to Canberra in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Katoomba in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 14°C in Canberra. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nelson Bay.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin
National Zoo and Aquarium ©
National Zoo and Aquarium
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery

2
nights
Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay ©
Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): visit a coastal fixture at Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve, then stroll through Zenith Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tomaree Head. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): make a trip to Gan Gan Lookout, stroll through Box Beach, and then stroll through Fingal Bay Beach.

For ratings and other tourist information, go to the Nelson Bay itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Canberra to Nelson Bay in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. Traveling from Canberra in December, Nelson Bay is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Pokolbin.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Shoal Bay, Fingal Bay Beach
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:
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Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Fingal Bay Beach ©
Fingal Bay Beach
Zenith Beach ©
Zenith Beach

1
night
Pokolbin

Pokolbin ©
With its first vineyards established in the mid 19th century, wine tourism in Pokolbin remains a major draw.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): do a tasting at Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard, do a tasting at Peterson House, then do a tasting at Scarborough Wine Co, then do a tasting at Leogate Estate Wines, and finally do a tasting at Tintilla Estate.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Pokolbin itinerary builder app .

Drive from Nelson Bay to Pokolbin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Pokolbin sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Wisemans Ferry.

Things to do in Pokolbin

Wineries
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Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard ©
Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard
Peterson House ©
Peterson House
Scarborough Wine Co ©
Scarborough Wine Co

3
nights
Wisemans Ferry

Wisemans Ferry ©
On the 20th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Putty Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Avoca Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Terrigal Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Ocean Beach, then stroll through Ettalong Beach, and then learn about winemaking at Firescreek Fruit Wines.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Wisemans Ferry road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Pokolbin to Wisemans Ferry in 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 19°C. You'll set off for home on the 22nd (Sat).

Things to do in Wisemans Ferry

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Terrigal, Putty Beach, Ettalong Beach, Ocean Beach, Firescreek Fruit Wines
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
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Terrigal Beach ©
Terrigal Beach
Ocean Beach ©
Ocean Beach
Putty Beach ©
Putty Beach

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