17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Honolulu, Oahu
+2
Fly + foot + train:  14​h 15​min
1
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
4
Whitsunday Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Honolulu, Oahu

4
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 discover tucked-away gems like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Natural Bridge. Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: Watersports Guru (in Kingscliff) and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (in Brisbane). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Burleigh Head National Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kurrawa Beach, and take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip itinerary planning site .

Honolulu, USA to Gold Coast is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 20 hours traveling from Honolulu to Gold Coast. In December, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Watersports Guru, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
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Watersports Guru ©
Watersports Guru
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Lincoln's Rock. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Govetts Leap (in Blackheath) and Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba). And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney road trip site .

Fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trips

Katoomba, Govetts Leap, Lincoln's Rock
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Govetts Leap ©
Govetts Leap

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Above & Below Photography Gallery, contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

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You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Airlie Beach in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 76°F in Airlie Beach. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands National Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island road trip planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in January, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

3
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.
On the 7th (Tue), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Freshwater Station, look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, and then identify plant and animal life at The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre.

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Traveling by flight from Whitsunday Island to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Cairns Aquarium ©
Cairns Aquarium

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