14 Days Brisbane to Melbourne Return 3834 km
Experience the gems of southern Australia with this fun-packed two week itinerary. Start in sunny Brisbane, Queensland’s sub-tropical capital before making your way to the unspoilt beaches and family-fun of the Gold Coast. Stop at idyllic Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie before arriving in bustling Sydney with its world famous harbour. Spend a peaceful few days around the lakes of Victoria enjoying local seafood delights before arriving in Australia’s fashion capital of Melbourne. Continue on to country Victoria with its rugged landscape, see the Big Guitar in Tamworth and arrive back in sub-tropical Brisbane in time for a relaxing afternoon in vibrant South Bank.
Day 1: Brisbane
Day 2: Brisbane to the Gold Coast
Day 3: The Gold Coast to Coffs Harbour
Day 4: Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie
Day 5: Port Macquarie to Sydney
Day 6: Sydney to Eden
Day 7: Eden to Lakes Entrance
Day 8: Lakes Entrance to Melbourne
Day 9: Melbourne to Shepparton
Day 10: Shepparton to Wagga Wagga
Day 11: Wagga Wagga to Dubbo
Day 12: Dubbo to Tamworth
Day 13: Tamworth to Toowoomba
Day 14: Toowoomba to Brisbane
DAY 1: BRISBANE
Explore the sub-tropical capital of Queensland. Take a stroll along leafy South Bank and sit at one of the many cafes, ride the Giant Observation Wheel for panoramic views or dip your feet in the country’s only street beach. Visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and cuddle a furry friend or take the kids to the nearby Australia Zoo and keep your eye out for the famous Irwin family. Cruise down the Brisbane River on a half an hour tour of the city.
DAY 2: BRISBANE TO THE GOLD COAST
Time: 1 Hours
Get lost in Pacific Fair, the giant shopping complex or visit Jupiter’s Casino for entertainment and dining. Relax at laidback Broadbeach and ritzy Surfers Paradise or take a short trip to one of the area’s fun-filled theme parks: WB Movie World, Sea World, Dreamworld and Wet ‘n’ Wild.
DAY 3: THE GOLD COAST TO COFFS HARBOUR
Time: 4 Hours
Take a lazy stroll around the picturesque harbour and visit The Forest Sky Pier at Sealy Lookout with its spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and rugged coastline. The lookout stands at 15 metres above the forest floor and is the perfect viewing point. Take a snap of the famous Big Banana. Play with dolphins at Dolphin Marine Magic or visit the Bellingen Markets and experience live music, a range of stalls and delicious fresh produce.
DAY 4: COFFS HARBOUR TO PORT MACQUARIE
Time: 2 Hours
Take a cruise along the port on a unique Chinese Junk Boat and enjoy Port Macquarie from the water. Spend the day lost in the beauty of one of the scenic National Park or take a fun-filled camel safari along the pristine coastline and keep your eyes open for dolphins bobbing along beside you. Enjoy a relaxed dinner at one of the many fantastic restaurants located at the port.
DAY 5: PORT MACQUARIE TO SYDNEY
Time: 4 Hours
Experience the magic of vibrant Sydney. Take a cruise past the magnificent Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Visit Manly and Bondi Beach and dive headfirst into the popular surf culture. Dine at The Rocks at one of the many up-market restaurants or take a whale cruise from the harbour.
DAY 6: SYDNEY TO EDEN
Time: 6 Hours 20 Minutes
Discover the beauty of this historic whaling town, perfect for Whale Watching tours between May and November. Lie on the unspoilt sands of the stunning Aislings Beach or stop by the must-see informative Eden Killer Whale Museum with its display of whaling gear, boats and photographs. Experience the raw beauty of the area at Ben Boyd National Park.
DAY 7: EDEN TO LAKES ENTRANCE
Time: 2 Hours 45 Minutes
Experience Australia’s largest inland network of waterways at idyllic Lakes Entrance in Gippsland. Absorb the town’s seaside charm and explore the beautiful Ninety Mile Beach. Sample the exquisite seafood of Australia’s Seafood Capital from one of the great local restaurants and spend the day exploring the lakes by boat, paddleboat or catamaran.
DAY 8: LAKES ENTRANCE TO MELBOURNE
Time: 4 Hours
Be absorbed by this bustling metropolitan area. Enjoy lunch in the city’s quirky DeWitt Street, visit hip St Kilda with its leafy street cafes and iconic Luna Park. Stop by the grandiose Crown Casino, visit the Aquarium and get lost in the many shops, boutiques and cafes that this marvellous city has to offer. Absorb the unique architecture in Federation Square and take a photo of grand Flinders Street Station.
DAY 9: MELBOURNE TO SHEPPARTON
Time: 2 Hours
Spend a day exploring family-friendly Shepparton just outside of Melbourne. Enjoy some of the best and most challenging provincial golf courses around with their top class facilities. Learn about the local history at one of the museums located in the Greater Shepparton area. Take the kids to SPC Ardmona KidsTown, one of the largest outdoor playgrounds in Australia or go for a relaxing river-side walk and watch the pelicans dive for lunch.
DAY 10: SHEPPARTON TO WAGGA WAGGA
Time: Hours 15 Minutes
Take a laidback stroll through one of the picturesque parks and gardens that the town has to offer and be sure to take a picnic with you. Experience a nature walk along the banks of the Murrumbidgee. Peruse the many art galleries and theatres of the area and buy locally made crafts or sample local produce at one of the many specialty markets.
DAY 11: WAGGA WAGGA TO DUBBO
Time: 4 Hours 30 Minutes
Take a scenic kayak down the idyllic Macquarie River. Visit the animals at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo or take a walk through the fully restored Old Dubbo Gaol. Star gaze at the Dubbo Observatory or enjoy a peaceful picnic at Shoyoen Sister City Garden.
DAY 12: DUBBO TO TAMWORTH
Time: 3 Hours 33 Minutes
Catch a glimpse of the The Big Golden Guitar Tourist Centre in this country music oasis. Stop by the Walk a Country Mile Museum or enjoy a picnic in the beautiful Tamworth Regional Botanic Gardens.
DAY 13: TAMWORTH TO TOOWOOMBA
Time: 5 Hours 48 Minutes
Wrap up your trip in Toowoomba, colloquially referred to as The Garden City. Spend the afternoon at Cobb & Co Museum and witness ancient horse drawn vehicles or take a trip to Crows Nest Falls which plummet an astonishing 25 metres. See Toowoomba in all its glory from Picnic Point or visit Bunnyconnellan Food Emporium to sample top quality extra virgin olive oil, local wines and gourmet food
DAY 14: TOOWOOMBA TO BRISBANE
Time: 1 Hour 40 Minutes
Enjoy a luxurious sleep in before navigating back to beautiful Brisbane. Spend the afternoon on a relaxing boat ride up the Brisbane River or enjoy one of the laidback cafes the city has to offer.