17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
+4
shuttle + Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  11​h 15​min
3
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
4
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: London

2
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 3rd (Fri), take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planning tool .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Cairns due to the time zone difference. In January, Cairns is much warmer than London - with highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): stop by With Sugar, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then enjoy some diversion at Port Douglas Tennis Club. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas sightseeing planner.

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, stroll through Eli Creek, enjoy the sand and surf at Indian Head, and make a trip to K'gari.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Fraser Island trip planner .

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, ferry, and car from Port Douglas to Fraser Island in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Traveling from Port Douglas in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 24°C in Fraser Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Sydney online vacation builder .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. When traveling from Fraser Island in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne journey builder tool .

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Melbourne. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

2
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): browse the exhibits of Fremantle Prison, then examine the collection at The Nostalgia Box Museum, and then stroll around Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Perth route builder tool .

You can fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Perth, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Perth

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
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Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
The Nostalgia Box Museum ©
The Nostalgia Box Museum

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