17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Sydney
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Hobart
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
Cairns
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  3​h 15​min
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+4
bus + taxi + Fly + foot + bus:  8​h
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Gold Coast
— 1 night
train + Fly:  8​h 30​min
Broome
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
Sydney

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hobart online trip itinerary maker .

Sydney to Hobart is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect Hobart to be little chillier, temps between 20°C and 9°C. On the 3rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Hobart

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Richmond Bridge
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Richmond Bridge ©
Richmond Bridge
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens ©

2
days
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
On the 4th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain and then identify plant and animal life at Seal Bay Conservation Park. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Flinders Chase National Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kangaroo Island tour planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hobart to Kangaroo Island in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

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#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park

2
days
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Alice Springs trip maker website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Alice Springs takes 5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

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#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

3
days
Cairns

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Trinity Beach and The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas (in Port Douglas), Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

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Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Alice Springs in October: highs in Cairns hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Palm Cove Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
day
Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 11th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon and then kick back and relax at Boathaven Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in October, you will find days in Airlie Beach are slightly colder (30°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Noosa.

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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

1
day
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Noosa trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from Airlie Beach to Noosa takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Mooloolaba Beach
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

1
day
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): kick back and relax at Kurrawa Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach.

Before you visit Gold Coast, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Noosa to Gold Coast in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. On the 15th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Broome.

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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach

2
days
Broome

A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
On the 16th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Broome Historical Museum, then take in the dramatic natural features at Gantheaume Point, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cable Beach. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Broome road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Gold Coast to Broome takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Gold Coast to Broome, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Gold Coast in October: high temperatures in Broome hover around 39°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Broome

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Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach

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