Route & dates
17 days in Australia Itinerary
Sydney— 2 nights
Fly: 3h 30min
Melbourne— 2 nights
Fly: 3h 30min
Brisbane— 3 nights
Byron Bay— 2 nights
bus + Fly: 3h 30min
Cairns— 5 nights
Fly: 22h 30min
The Harbour City
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.Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Coogee Beach and Clovelly. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.
To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney vacation maker .
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. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Sydney due to the time zone difference. In September in Sydney, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.
Things to do in Sydney
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Australia's Garden City
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.On the 19th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and then examine the collection at Federation Square. On the next day, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, then kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, then learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.
To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary site .
Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in September, with highs in Melbourne at 63°F and lows at 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Brisbane.
Things to do in Melbourne
St. Kilda Beach
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Australia's New World City
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.Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Dicky Beach and King Island. Visiting Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Moffat Beach will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at GOMA, get great views at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, steep yourself in history at Newstead House, and examine the collection at Museum of Brisbane.
To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip maker site .
You can fly from Melbourne to Brisbane in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September, Brisbane is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 75°F and lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Byron Bay.
Things to do in Brisbane
Caloundra, King Island
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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.Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): stroll through Broken Head Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lennox Head Beach, and then stroll through Cape Byron Walking Track. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Jules Hunt Studio Gallery and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.
For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Byron Bay trip planner.
Getting from Brisbane to Byron Bay by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Brisbane in September, Byron Bay is little chillier at night with lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.
Things to do in Byron Bay
Lennox Head Beach, Broken Head Beach
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The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
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 Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Escape the urban bustle at Palm Cove Beach and River Rafting & Tubing. Venture out of the city with trips to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and With Sugar (in Port Douglas). Spend the 26th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, look for gifts at Australian Leather Company, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.
To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cairns itinerary planner .
Do a combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Cairns in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Byron Bay in September, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 83°F and lows about 66°F. On the 30th (Sun), you're off tohome.
Things to do in Cairns
Port Douglas, Trinity Beach, Mossman Gorge, Palm Cove Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 30:
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