17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dunedin
Fly:  9​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Townsville
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
4
Rockhampton
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
5
Noosa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Forster
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Sydney
— 2 nights
End: Sydney

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip tool .

Dunedin, New Zealand to Cairns is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. Traveling from Dunedin to Cairns, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In February in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. You'll set off for Townsville on the 3rd (Mon).

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks
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Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

1
night
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): browse the exhibits of Museum of Tropical Queensland and then kick back and relax at The Strand.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Townsville trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Cairns to Townsville by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Strand ©
The Strand

1
night
Airlie Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach online day trip planner .

Take a bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Proserpine Museum
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Proserpine Museum ©
Proserpine Museum

1
night
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
On the 6th (Thu), learn about all things military at C.Q. Military & Artifacts Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Capricorn Caves, and then take in the exciting artwork at Rockhampton Art Gallery.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rockhampton holiday planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Rockhampton in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Museums Wildlife Parks
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Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Rockhampton Art Gallery ©
Rockhampton Art Gallery
C.Q. Military & Artifacts Museum ©
C.Q. Military & Artifacts Museum

3
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
For shopping fun, head to Hastings Street or Belmondos Organic Market. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Noosa Main Beach and Marcoola Beach. Spend the 7th (Fri) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tewantin National Park, explore the activities along Lake Weyba, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Noosa Farmers Market.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Noosa trip planner .

Traveling by train from Rockhampton to Noosa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Marcoola Beach
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Boggo Road Gaol (Jail), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel), and then stroll through Dicky Beach.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Brisbane trip planning site .

Drive from Noosa to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Dicky Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) ©
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail)

2
nights
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.
On the 12th (Wed), stroll through Wategos Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tallow Beach, then look for gifts at Byron Bay Cookies Retail Store, and finally view the masterpieces at Hammer and Hand Byron Bay Jewellery and Metal Collective.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Byron Bay trip maker .

Drive from Brisbane to Byron Bay in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Broken Head Beach
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Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Tallow Beach ©
Tallow Beach

1
night
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Coffs Harbour trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Byron Bay in February: highs in Coffs Harbour hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Forster.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Korora Lookout ©
Korora Lookout

1
night
Forster

Forster ©
Forster is a coastal town in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, in the Mid-Coast Council LGA, about 308km north-north-east of Sydney. On the 14th (Fri), kick back and relax at Forster Main Beach, explore the galleries of Whitewashed Gallery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Seal Rocks, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Green Cathedral.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Forster trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Coffs Harbour to Forster by car takes about 3 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Forster can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Forster

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

The Green Cathedral, Whitewashed Gallery
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Seal Rocks ©
Seal Rocks
The Green Cathedral ©
The Green Cathedral

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Customs House, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shelly Beach, then kick back and relax at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, visit a coastal fixture at Wollongong Head Lighthouse, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nan Tien Temple.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip maker .

You can drive from Forster to Sydney in 4 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Wollongong, Shelly Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Tamarama Beach
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Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Nan Tien Temple ©
Nan Tien Temple
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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