17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 19th (Thu), explore the activities along Swan River and then have some family-friendly fun at Elizabeth Quay Carousel. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, and then steep yourself in history at Fremantle Prison.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Perth travel route planning site .

London, UK to Perth is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from London to Perth, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in December, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Perth: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, get a new perspective on things with Melbourne Boat Hire, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne journey maker app .

You can fly from Perth to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Melbourne is 2 hours. Traveling from Perth in December, things will get little chillier in Melbourne: highs are around 30°C and lows about 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, push the limits with an extreme tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney journey app .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 21°C in Sydney. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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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
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then look for gifts at Noosa Chocolate Factory.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Brisbane trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Brisbane are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Safaris in Port Douglas (about 1h 30 min away). Spend the 31st (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and cruise along Captain Cook Highway.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cairns day trip website .

Fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Brisbane in December: highs in Cairns hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 26°C. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Safaris
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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