17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Adelaide
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 15​min
Melbourne
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  20​h 30​min
Mission Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Cairns
— 3 nights
End: Cairns

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Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): kick back and relax at Henley Beach and then contemplate the long history of Adelaide Oval.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Adelaide tour planner .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airport is Adelaide International Airport. November in Adelaide sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Henley Beach, Aldinga Beach
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Carrick Hill ©
Carrick Hill
Adelaide Oval ©
Adelaide Oval

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 11th (Sun), brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, identify plant and animal life at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary, and then take in the awesome beauty at Dandenong Ranges National Park.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Melbourne driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Adelaide in November, plan for little chillier nights in Melbourne, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Dandenong Ranges National Park, Brighton Beach, Blackburn Lake Sanctuary
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Dandenong Ranges National Park ©
Dandenong Ranges National Park
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach

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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 13th (Tue), trek along ANZAC Parade Walk, take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Canberra trip maker site .

You can fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Trails
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
ANZAC Parade Walk
ANZAC Parade Walk
Balloon Rides

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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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Shelly Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wentworth Falls and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Palm Beach to see Palm Beach about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, enjoy the sand and surf at Sirius Cove, tour the pleasant surroundings at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney road trip planning app .

You can drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Canberra in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sydney, with lows of 19°C. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Shelly Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Palm Beach
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): stroll through Wategos Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, then look for all kinds of wild species at Pat Morton Lookout, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ainsworth.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Byron Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in November, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Byron Bay

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Lennox Head
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Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Pat Morton Lookout ©
Pat Morton Lookout
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Boggo Road Gaol, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Dicky Beach.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Brisbane day trip planning tool .

Drive from Byron Bay to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
Boggo Road Gaol ©
Boggo Road Gaol

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Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Mission Beach trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Brisbane to Mission Beach takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Thu) before leaving for Cairns.

Things to do in Mission Beach

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Michaelmas Cay. Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove, approximately 44 minutes away.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cairns journey site .

Traveling by car from Mission Beach to Cairns takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Historic Village Herberton
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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