17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Atlanta
Fly:  22​h 45​min
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
Broome
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
Margaret River
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  11​h 30​min
Cairns
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  27​h
Atlanta

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): see a show at Sydney Opera House, then hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and finally stroll through Coogee Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through The Rocks, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, then stroll through Shelly Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Balmoral Beach, Mosman.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sydney road trip planning site .

Atlanta, USA to Sydney is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Atlanta to Sydney, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Sydney is little chillier than Atlanta - with highs of 70°F and lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
days
Broome

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 28th (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Gantheaume Point, then kick back and relax at Cable Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Broome online day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Broome takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In May, Broome is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 90°F and lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Broome

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours
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Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
days
Margaret River

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Explore hidden gems such as Lake Cave and Jewel Cave. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Surfers Point and Meelup Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Margaret River: Yallingup (Ngilgi Cave & Smiths Beach). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cowaramup Bay.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Margaret River trip builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Broome to Margaret River in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Margaret River

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Yallingup, Surfers Point, Jewel Cave, Meelup Beach, Cowaramup Bay
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Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Jewel Cave ©
Jewel Cave
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach

2
days
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 2nd (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and finally stroll through Palm Cove Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns road trip site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Cairns takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Margaret River to Cairns is 2 hours. June in Cairns sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Adventure

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

2
days
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
On the 4th (Tue), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Agincourt Reef.

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You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In June, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Adventure

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge
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Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

3
days
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.
Get in touch with nature at Coolangatta Beach and Kirra Beach. Visit Burleigh Heads Beach and Broken Head Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Gold Coast's surroundings by going to Cape Byron Walking Track (in Byron Bay) and Whian Whian State Conservation Area (in Whian Whian). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and enjoy the sand and surf at Tugun Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast travel route planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Gold Coast in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Port Douglas in June; daily highs in Gold Coast reach 69°F and lows reach 53°F. You will leave for home on the 9th (Sun).

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Broken Head Beach, Whian Whian State Conservation Area, Cape Byron Walking Track
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track

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