17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
Fly:  26​h
1
Melbourne
— 1 night
2
Apollo Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Pakenham
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
5
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Birmingham

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Royal Botanic Gardens, then learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St Paul's Cathedral, and finally see the interesting displays at Federation Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, get engrossed in the history at Italian Museum and Historical Society, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne travel website .

Birmingham, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Birmingham to Melbourne is 16 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Birmingham in May: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 63°F and lows are around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Apollo Bay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

1
night
Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Great Otway National Park.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Apollo Bay journey tool .

You can drive from Melbourne to Apollo Bay in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Pakenham.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Outdoors Nature Trails

Side Trip

Great Otway National Park
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Great Otway National Park ©
Great Otway National Park

4
nights
Pakenham

Pakenham ©
Pakenham is a satellite suburb of Melbourne on the edge of the West Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia, 56km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District, located within the Shire of Cardinia local government area. Explore hidden gems such as Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park and Bunyip State Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gippsland Wine Company and Laurie Collins Sculpture Garden. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pakenham: Coal Creek Community Park and Museum (in Korumburra) and Mount Cannibal (in Garfield). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at The Light Horse & Field Artillery Museum, try to win big at Pakenham Racing Club, and play a few rounds at Cardinia Beaconhills Golf Links.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Pakenham tour planner.

Traveling by car from Apollo Bay to Pakenham takes 3.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Pakenham

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

The Light Horse & Field Artillery Museum, Cardinia Beaconhills Golf Links, Pakenham Racing Club, Laurie Collins Sculpture Garden, Gippsland Wine Company
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Mount Cannibal ©
Mount Cannibal
Bunyip State Park ©
Bunyip State Park

3
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kayaking & Canoeing and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. There's more to do: view the masterpieces at Above & Below Photography Gallery.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip itinerary maker app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Pakenham to Airlie Beach. Traveling from Pakenham in May, expect nights in Airlie Beach to be much hotter, around 69°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nepalese Pagoda. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Dicky Beach and then take a stroll through Queen Street Mall.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in May, Brisbane is little chillier at night with lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Dicky Beach
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queen Street Mall ©
Queen Street Mall
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): wander the streets of Darling Harbour, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and then wander the streets of The Rocks. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sydney tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Sydney are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Outdoors Tours
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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