Harry and Meghan to hit Sydney in October

Tracey Ferrier
Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex will visit Sydney in October to attend the Invictus Games

Prince Harry and his new bride Meghan will visit Australia in October during their first official overseas tour, Kensington Palace has announced.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who married last month, will travel to Sydney for the 2018 Invictus Games - a Paralympics style event for defence veterans - of which Prince Harry is patron.

It hasn't been revealed if they will travel elsewhere in Australia, but their overseas tour will also include New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.

The couple will follow in the footsteps of Prince Harry's parents, Charles and Diana, whose first overseas tour after their marriage also took in Australia and New Zealand.

Prince Harry, a former soldier who served in Afghanistan, founded the Invictus Games in 2014.

The 2018 Sydney-based event will run from October 20 to 27.

More than 500 competitors from 18 nations will compete in 11 sports during the games, where the royal couple will each receive an Akubra hat specially crafted for them.

It's unclear if they'll also make time to meet the two koalas joeys named after them at Sydney's Taronga Zoo.

Kensington Palace said more details about the tour will be released "in due course".