17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  8​h
1
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Canberra
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
6
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Singapore


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3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Natural Bridge and Infinity Attraction. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Byron Bay (Kayaking & Canoeing & Stand-Up Paddleboarding). Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park and get in on the family fun at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast route planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Gold Coast is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Singapore to Gold Coast due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Singapore in December, with highs in Gold Coast at 32°C and lows at 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Byron Bay
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Port Macquarie tour site .

Getting from Gold Coast to Port Macquarie by combination of train and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Gold Coast in December: highs in Port Macquarie hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 22°C. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Historic Sites
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Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse
St Thomas Anglican Church ©
St Thomas Anglican Church

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally appreciate the history behind Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sydney attractions planning app .

Traveling by flight from Port Macquarie to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Port Macquarie in December, you will find days in Sydney are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

2
nights
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
On the 24th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, and then explore the activities along Wentworth Falls Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum, then don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Katoomba tour planning app .

Drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Katoomba

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum, Gallery Blackheath, Wentworth Falls Lake
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Everglades Historic House and Gardens ©

2
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, engage your brain at Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, and then get to know the fascinating history of Canberra Rotary Peace Bell. Keep things going the next day: ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia, ponder the world of politics at High Court of Australia, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and finally stroll through ANZAC Parade Walk.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Canberra trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Katoomba to Canberra by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Katoomba in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Canberra, with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
ANZAC Parade Walk
ANZAC Parade Walk

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eastern Beach Reserve and Ballarat Wildlife Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: A Maze'N Things (in Cowes), Art Gallery of Ballarat (in Ballarat) and National Vietnam Veterans Museum (in Newhaven). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore and take pictures at Rod Laver Arena, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, and brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ballarat, National Vietnam Veterans Museum, Eastern Beach Reserve, Churchill Island, A Maze'N Things
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Rod Laver Arena ©
Rod Laver Arena
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve

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