17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Santiago
Fly:  26​h
South Perth
— 4 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
Rottnest Island
— Few hours
+3
ferry + foot + bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​min
Bondi
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Santiago

4
nights
South Perth

South Perth ©
South Perth is a residential suburb 3 kilometres (2 mi) south of the central business district of Perth, the capital of Western Australia, which adjoins the southern shore of Perth Water on the Swan River. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cottesloe Beach and City Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Caversham Wildlife Park and Perth Zoo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near South Perth: Waterskiing & Jetskiing (in Mandurah) and Lane Pool Reserve (in Dwellingup). It doesn't end there: examine the collection at Aviation Heritage Museum and identify plant and animal life at Matilda Bay Reserve.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the South Perth trip planner.

Santiago, Chile to South Perth is an approximately 26-hour flight. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Santiago to South Perth due to the time zone difference. December in South Perth sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Rottnest Island.

Things to do in South Perth

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Lane Pool Reserve, Cottesloe Beach, Matilda Bay Reserve, City Beach, Aviation Heritage Museum
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Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Lane Pool Reserve ©
Lane Pool Reserve

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hours
Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island ©
Rottnest Island is an island off the coast of Western Australia, located 18km west of Fremantle. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): explore the activities along Longreach Bay, then see the vivid underwater world at Cathedral Rocks, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Porpoise Bay.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rottnest Island travel route builder website .

You can ride a ferry from South Perth to Rottnest Island in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Rottnest Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
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Cathedral Rocks ©
Cathedral Rocks
Porpoise Bay ©
Porpoise Bay
Longreach Bay ©
Longreach Bay

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.
Get in touch with nature at Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney route builder tool .

Getting from Rottnest Island to Sydney by combination of ferry, bus, and flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Rottnest Island to Sydney due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Rottnest Island in December, plan for slightly colder days in Sydney, with highs around 32°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Bondi.

Things to do in Sydney

#Wildlife, #Tours, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park, Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures
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Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park ©
Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park

1
night
Bondi

Bondi ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with Cooee Aboriginal Art Gallery, take in nature's colorful creations at Sam Fiszman Park, then visit a coastal fixture at Macquarie Lighthouse, then trek along Parsley Bay Reserve, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarama Beach. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Waverley Cemetery and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bronte Beach.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bondi online vacation maker .

Bondi is very close to Sydney. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Bondi

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Vaucluse, Waverley Cemetery, Bronte Beach
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Sam Fiszman Park ©
Sam Fiszman Park
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Tamarama Beach ©
Tamarama Beach

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 4th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Queensland Maritime Museum, then wander the streets of West End, and then take a stroll through Queen Street Mall. On your second day here, stroll through Moffat Beach and then admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane day trip website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bondi to Brisbane. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Neighborhoods, #Shopping, #Museums

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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West End ©
West End
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
Queensland Maritime Museum ©
Queensland Maritime Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, then take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St Paul's Cathedral.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Melbourne day trip planner.

Fly from Brisbane to Melbourne in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Brisbane in January, with lows around 17°C. On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Museums, #Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums
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National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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