17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
Fly:  37​h
1
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
2
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
3
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 30​min
4
Byron Bay
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Cardiff

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.
On the 6th (Wed), get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. On your second day here, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Airlie Beach tour planner .

Cardiff, UK to Airlie Beach is an approximately 37-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Cardiff to Airlie Beach due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cardiff in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Airlie Beach, with highs around 28°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Speed Boats Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

2
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Catseye Beach and then go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island tour itinerary app .

Ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 10th (Sun), kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fraser Island Great Walk and then stroll through Eli Creek.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Fraser Island online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Hamilton Island to Fraser Island by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

1
night
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 12th (Tue), stroll through Cape Byron Walking Track, then view the masterpieces at Jules Hunt Studio Gallery, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the next day, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, kick back and relax at Belongil Beach, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Stone and Wood Brewery.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Byron Bay in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, train, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In May, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of The Rocks, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and steep yourself in history at Justice & Police Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney online itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

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

3
nights
Melbourne

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: stroll around Royal Botanic Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Shrine of Remembrance, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see photos and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in May; daily highs in Melbourne reach 20°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Tours
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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