17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Monte-Carlo
+2
train + foot + Fly:  26​h
1
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
2
Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 30​min
5
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
6
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  25​h
End: Monte-Carlo

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, then admire the striking features of Shrine of Remembrance, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Melbourne Zoo, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne road trip planning app .

Monte-Carlo, Monaco to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Monte-Carlo to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Monte-Carlo in December, with highs in Melbourne at 30°C and lows at 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Museums, #Parks, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

2
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain, then explore the fascinating underground world of Kelly Hill Caves, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kangaroo Island Spirits. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, then enjoy breathtaking views from Cape du Couedic Lighthouse, and then explore the striking landscape at Admirals Arch.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kangaroo Island trip planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
Admirals Arch ©
Admirals Arch

3
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
South Australian Museum and JamFactory are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Cleland Wildlife Park and Granite Island. Venture out of the city with trips to Blowhole Beach (in Delamere), Beerenberg Farm (in Hahndorf) and Carrickalinga Beach (in Carrickalinga). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Horseshoe Bay and take an in-depth tour of State Library of South Australia.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Adelaide trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. December in Adelaide sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Adelaide

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Carrickalinga Beach, Beerenberg Farm, Cleland Wildlife Park, Blowhole Beach, Horseshoe Bay
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Granite Island ©
Granite Island
Blowhole Beach ©
Blowhole Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Natural Bridge.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip maker .

You can fly from Adelaide to Gold Coast in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Adelaide in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Gold Coast, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): explore the activities along Eli Creek and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Gold Coast to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

2
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.
Visiting Manly Beach and Coogee Beach will get you outdoors. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Camp Cove. The adventure continues: wander the streets of The Rocks, see a show at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney day trip planning app .

Do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. While traveling from Fraser Island, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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