17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  27​h
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Hobart
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Newark

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, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, browse the collection at State Library of Victoria, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

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Newark, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 27-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Newark to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Newark in November, with highs in Melbourne at 73°F and lows at 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

1
day
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally take in the waterfront at Constitution Dock.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hobart trip planning website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Hobart in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Melbourne in November, expect nights in Hobart to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

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, wander the streets of The Rocks, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner .

You can fly from Hobart to Sydney in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Hobart in November, with highs in Sydney at 77°F and lows at 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Canberra trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Sydney in November, Canberra is little chillier at night with lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

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 20th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cairns online road trip planner .

Fly from Canberra to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Canberra in November, you will find days in Cairns are a bit warmer (87°F), and nights are warmer (72°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

3
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.
Step out of Brisbane to go to Main Beach and see Sea World Theme Park, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, get great views at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane journey builder site .

Fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cairns in November, with highs in Brisbane at 80°F and lows at 65°F. On the 25th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Sea World Theme Park
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

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