17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Glass House Mountains
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Brisbane
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h
6
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
+3
ferry + foot + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
7
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Cairns
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Melbourne


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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Anzac Bridge, Pyrmont Bridge, Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and other attractions. There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and get to know the fascinating history of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary tool .

Melbourne to Sydney is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in September: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 25°C and lows are around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manly Fast Ferry
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk ©
Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Stoked Surf School. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): see Stoked Surf School and then stroll through Cape Byron Walking Track.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Byron Bay road trip app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Byron Bay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sydney in September, expect little chillier with lows of 11°C in Byron Bay. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Glass House Mountains.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Broken Head Nature Reserve, Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum ©
Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum
Stoked Surf School ©
Stoked Surf School

1
night
Glass House Mountains

Glass House Mountains ©
To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Glass House Mountains journey planning site .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Glass House Mountains in 3 hours. Traveling from Byron Bay in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Glass House Mountains, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Glass House Mountains

Parks Trails Wildlife

Side Trip

Obi Boardwalk
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Obi Boardwalk ©
Obi Boardwalk

1
night
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
On the 13th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Mary Ann Steam Locomotive.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hervey Bay online tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Glass House Mountains to Hervey Bay takes 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Hervey Bay are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Mary Ann Steam Locomotive, Palace Backpackers Memorial
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Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): enjoy some diversion at South Bank Parklands.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane route planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Hervey Bay to Brisbane takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. September in Brisbane sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Horseshoe Bay and Heart Reef. Spend the 17th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway, take in the waterfront at Shute Harbour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach vacation maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Brisbane in September since evenings lows in Airlie Beach dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Horseshoe Bay
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Bicentennial Walkway ©
Bicentennial Walkway

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Photography Tours and St Mary’s by The Sea chapel. Get out of town with these interesting Port Douglas side-trips: Floravilla Ice Cream Factory (in Daintree), Marrdja Botanical Walk (in Cape Tribulation) and Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay). Spend the 20th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, head outdoors with Horses in Port, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas by combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. While traveling from Airlie Beach, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Port Douglas, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 22°C. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Daintree, Walu Wugirriga Lookout, Marrdja Botanical Walk, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Photography Tours
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel ©
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel

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hours
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.
To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip builder .

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife
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St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral
Photography Tours

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