17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
5
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Mooloolaba
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Sydney

3
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bondi Beach and Australian National Maritime Museum. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, see the sky in a new way at Sydney Observatory, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney vacation planner .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Sydney. In September in Sydney, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Eureka Skydeck 88. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, get your game on at Zero Latency, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in October: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 24°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

1
night
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Hamilton Island takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. While traveling from Melbourne, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Hamilton Island, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

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Fly from Hamilton Island to Cairns in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In October, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Spend the 12th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In October in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
night
Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba ©
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park and then stop by MaisyMoo. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Mooloolaba Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Point Cartwright, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Buderim Forest Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mooloolaba driving holiday planning tool .

Getting from Port Douglas to Mooloolaba by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Port Douglas in October, with highs in Mooloolaba at 29°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Noosa National Park, Buderim Forest Park, MaisyMoo
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Point Cartwright ©
Point Cartwright

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.
On the 15th (Tue), get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout and then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Mooloolaba to Brisbane takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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