17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Hobart
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Launceston
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
9
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: 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, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, stroll through Melbourne Zoo, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne road trip planning site .

If you are flying in from Poland, the closest major airport is Melbourne International Airport. In October, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Tours
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

1
night
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.
On the 13th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally snap pictures at Richmond Bridge.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hobart road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Hobart takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Melbourne in October, expect nights in Hobart to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are little chillier, around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Launceston.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Richmond Bridge
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Cascades Female Factory Historic Site ©

1
night
Launceston

Launceston ©
Lying in the Tamar Valley and surrounded by forested hills, the grid-patterned city of Launceston boasts shaded avenues, vibrant street life, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at City Park.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Launceston road trip site .

Drive from Hobart to Launceston in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Hobart in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Launceston, with lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley
City Park ©
City Park
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery ©

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: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney holiday planning website .

Traveling by flight from Launceston to Sydney takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Launceston in October; daily highs in Sydney reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): get great views at Anzac Hill, then steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen, look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and then identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Alice Springs day trip planning website .

You can fly from Sydney to Alice Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in October, you will find days in Alice Springs are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). On the 20th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, then get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and then explore the striking landscape at Uluru.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Mon) before leaving for Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

1
night
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.
On the 22nd (Mon), enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October, you will find days in Cairns are little chillier (34°C), and nights are a bit warmer (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Trails Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip builder website .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Gold Coast takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in October, things will get slightly colder in Gold Coast: highs are around 29°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
SkyPoint Observation Deck ©
SkyPoint Observation Deck

1
night
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 the 25th (Thu), take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Brisbane vacation planner .

Getting from Gold Coast to Brisbane by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Fri) before leaving for home.
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout
Suncorp Stadium
Suncorp Stadium

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