17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Milwaukee
bus + Fly:  26​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Milwaukee

2
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Josephine Falls and Michaelmas Cay. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Millaa Millaa Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton), The Crystal Caves (in Atherton) and Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary & Wrights Lookout). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, look for gifts at OK Gift Shop, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cairns road trip site .

Milwaukee, USA to Cairns is an approximately 26-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of ferry and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Milwaukee to Cairns. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Milwaukee in September; daily highs in Cairns reach 83°F and lows reach 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kuranda, Historic Village Herberton, Millaa Millaa Falls, The Crystal Caves
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 6:
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
The Crystal Caves ©
The Crystal Caves
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls

2
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of Brisbane and The Workshops Rail Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel) and Boggo Road Gaol (Jail). Spend the 7th (Sat) with some fine spirits on a distillery tour. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, have some family-friendly fun at 9D Action Cinemas, ponder the world of politics at City Hall, and take in the pleasant sights at New Farm River Walk.

Plan my day in Brisbane using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in September, things will get a bit cooler in Brisbane: highs are around 75°F and lows about 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Brisbane

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Workshops Rail Museum
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 9:
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Distillery Tours
Museum of Brisbane ©
Museum of Brisbane
The Workshops Rail Museum ©
The Workshops Rail Museum

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit and National Sports Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at William Ricketts Sanctuary and St Paul's Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: Brighton Beach (in Brighton), Truemans Golf Range (in Fingal) and Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (in Pearcedale). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Phillip Island Wildlife Park, do a tasting at Quealy Winemakers, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Patrick's Cathedral, and get a sense of history and politics at Parliament House of Victoria.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne holiday planning app .

Getting from Brisbane to Melbourne by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in September, expect Melbourne to be slightly colder, temps between 63°F and 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballarat, Truemans Golf Range, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 14:
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William Ricketts Sanctuary ©
William Ricketts Sanctuary
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit ©
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame and Hyde Park Barracks Museum. St. Mary's Cathedral and Sydney Town Hall will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown), Hartley Historic Village (in Little Hartley) and Sublime Point Lookout (in Leura). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, explore and take pictures at Lincoln's Rock, and get lost in a book at State Library of New South Wales.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney sightseeing site .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in September, with highs in Sydney at 71°F and lows at 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Sublime Point Lookout, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame, Lincoln's Rock, Hartley Historic Village
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 18:
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Featherdale Wildlife Park ©
Featherdale Wildlife Park
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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