17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Bournemouth
train + Fly:  25​h
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Lord Howe Island
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  23​h 15​min
End: Bournemouth

1
night
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 (Tue), get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, then enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, then stroll through Palm Cove Beach, and finally get your game on at Cairns Kart Hire Track.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cairns sightseeing planner.

Bournemouth, UK to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Bournemouth in January: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Cairns Kart Hire Track
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
day
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Lord Howe Island takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach

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 itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Clovelly. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To see where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Sydney online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Melbourne Gaol and Scots Church. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at St. Kilda Beach and Sandridge Beach. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Melbourne Zoo, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip builder site .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, plan for little chillier nights in Melbourne, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

3
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Get some historical perspective at Fremantle Prison and St Matthew's Anglican Church. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Cottesloe Beach and Scarborough Beach. Change things up with a short trip to All Saints Anglican Church in Belhus (about 34 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, appreciate the extensive heritage of Bennett Brook Railway, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Patrick's Basilica.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Perth online trip maker .

You can fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Perth. In February, Perth is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Fremantle, St Matthew's Anglican Church, Cottesloe Beach, Trigg Beach, Bennett Brook Railway
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach

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