17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Baden-Baden
train + Fly:  25​h
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
Perth
— 1 night
Fly + train:  22​h 30​min
End: Baden-Baden

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Melbourne Zoo.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner .

Baden-Baden, Germany to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) is 9 hours. When traveling from Baden-Baden in December, plan for much warmer days in Melbourne, with highs around 30°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Museums, #Outdoors
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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 29th (Sat), get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia, then take a peaceful walk through Gondwana Rainforest, and then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial.

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Fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Canberra are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trip

Gondwana Rainforest
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia

5
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find maps and other tourist information, read Sydney day trip planning site .

You can drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Canberra in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Sydney. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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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 4th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Brisbane online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Brisbane are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

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#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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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.
On the 6th (Sun), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cairns itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 8th (Tue), steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, explore the activities along Swan River, and then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Perth online itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Perth takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cairns to Perth. Traveling from Cairns in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Perth, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

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