17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
foot + Fly:  26​h
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
2
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
3
Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
5
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
6
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly + foot:  26​h
End: Birmingham

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Lake Wendouree and Eastern Beach Reserve. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Geelong Botanical Gardens (in Geelong) and Art Gallery of Ballarat (in Ballarat). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne tour itinerary builder .

Birmingham, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a 10 hour difference. When traveling from Birmingham in November, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Geelong, Ballarat
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree

2
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
On the 7th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Adelaide Botanic Garden, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Adelaide Zoo, and then contemplate the long history of Adelaide Oval. Keep things going the next day: cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Glenelg Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Adelaide online tour builder .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Adelaide takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November in Adelaide, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Adelaide

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Glenelg Beach
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Skydiving
Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden
Adelaide Oval ©
Adelaide Oval

2
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Flinders Chase National Park. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Raptor Domain, then do a tasting at The Islander Estate Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Bay of Shoals Winery, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Kangaroo Island Brewery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kangaroo Island trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Kangaroo Island Brewery ©
Kangaroo Island Brewery

2
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
On the 11th (Mon), get interesting insight from Tours, then explore the galleries of Tjanpi Desert Weavers, and then identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Anzac Hill, contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, then take an in-depth tour of National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame & Old Alice Springs Gaol, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs trip itinerary maker site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Alice Springs in 5 hours. In November in Alice Springs, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Anzac Hill ©
Anzac Hill

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Alice Springs to Port Douglas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Alice Springs, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Port Douglas, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Photography Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Photography Tours

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.
On the 15th (Fri), take a stroll through The Rocks, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, then hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, and finally take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sydney travel itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Sydney in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Port Douglas in November; daily highs in Sydney reach 29°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors
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Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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