17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

6
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 Manly Beach. Step out of Sydney to go to Manly and see Shelly Beach, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: experience the emotional art of opera at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dee Why Beach.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sydney road trip planner.

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from London in March, expect Sydney to be warmer, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 18th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ned's Beach.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visit St. Kilda Beach and Half Moon Bay for some beach relaxation. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, wander the streets of Melbourne Central, and get lost in a book at State Library of Victoria.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne tour itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Melbourne in 5.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Sandridge Beach ©
Sandridge Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns road trip site .

Fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in March: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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