17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
3
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Launceston
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Bicheno
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Hobart
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Zipline and Newstead House. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, make a trip to City Hall, and see the interesting displays at Museum of Brisbane.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Brisbane vacation builder app .

Sydney to Brisbane is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Brisbane are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Adventure

Side Trip

Zipline
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Zipline

3
nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
On the 19th (Mon), experience rural life at The Farm Byron Bay, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Belongil Beach, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lennox Head Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay itinerary planner.

Drive from Brisbane to Byron Bay in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Byron Bay

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Lennox Head Beach, Broken Head Beach
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Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing
The Farm Byron Bay ©
The Farm Byron Bay

3
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Penguin Island, take in the views from Elizabeth Quay, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Scarborough Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Rockingham Beach, then kick back and relax at Warnbro Beach, and then contemplate the long history of The Fremantle Round House.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Perth trip planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Perth in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Byron Bay to Perth due to the time zone difference. In March, daily temperatures in Perth can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Sat) before leaving for Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Rockingham, The Fremantle Round House, Warnbro Beach, Scarborough Beach
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Scarborough Beach ©
Scarborough Beach
Penguin Island ©
Penguin Island
Rockingham Beach ©
Rockingham Beach

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visiting Eastern Beach Reserve and Melbourne Zoo will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Shrine of Remembrance and National Gallery of Victoria. Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Werribee to see Werribee Open Range Zoo about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne planner .

Fly from Perth to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Melbourne is 2 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Perth in March: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 30°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Launceston.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, Eastern Beach Reserve
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

1
night
Launceston

Launceston ©
Lying in the Tamar Valley and surrounded by forested hills, the grid-patterned city of Launceston boasts shaded avenues, vibrant street life, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery and then admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Launceston tour itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Launceston takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Melbourne in March, with highs in Launceston at 26°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bicheno.

Things to do in Launceston

#Parks, #Museums, #Nature

Side Trips

Beauty Point, Holm Oak Vineyards, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre
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The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley
Platypus House ©
Platypus House
Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre ©

1
night
Bicheno

Bicheno is a town on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia, 185 km north-east of Hobart on the Tasman Highway, with a population of 853. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Bicheno Blowhole and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bicheno attractions planning website .

You can drive from Launceston to Bicheno in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Bicheno are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Bicheno

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Bicheno Blowhole ©
Bicheno Blowhole

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Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
On the 31st (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, take a leisurely stroll along Constitution Dock, see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, then get curious at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and finally steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary. Keep things going the next day: sample the tasty concoctions at Cascade Brewery, then kick back and relax at Nutgrove Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Seven Mile Beach, and finally take in the views from Richmond Bridge.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hobart online attractions planner .

Drive from Bicheno to Hobart in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Hobart are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Seven Mile Beach, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Richmond Bridge
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Hobart Convict Penitentiary ©
Hobart Convict Penitentiary
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Cascade Brewery ©
Cascade Brewery

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