17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Brisbane
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h
6
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

3
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.
On the 4th (Sat), hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk and then take a stroll through Darling Harbour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck, and then stroll through Bondi Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sydney road trip website .

Melbourne to Sydney is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in May, expect Sydney to be somewhat warmer, temps between 24°C and 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors
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Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

2
nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
On the 6th (Mon), visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse and then trek along Cape Byron Walking Track. On your second day here, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Broken Head Nature Reserve.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Byron Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. On the 8th (Wed), you're off toGold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Broken Head Nature Reserve
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World and then kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast online day trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 10th (Fri), you'll travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Beaches Parks
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Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
SkyPoint Observation Deck ©
SkyPoint Observation Deck

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 10th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Noosa Main Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Noosa trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Noosa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba Beach, Lows Lookout
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

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.
On your second day here, stroll around Roma Street Parkland and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane online visit planner .

You can drive from Noosa to Brisbane in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

2
nights
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.
On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach journey maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Airlie Beach, with lows around 24°C. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing

3
nights
Cairns

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool and then experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Cairns travel website .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in May, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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