17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Adelaide
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 45​min
3
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney


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.
You'll get in some beach time at St. Kilda Beach and Sandridge Beach. Get some cultural insight at Shrine of Remembrance and Melbourne Museum. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, see the interesting displays at National Sports Museum, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne attractions planner .

Sydney to Melbourne is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in March, expect little chillier with lows of 15°C in Melbourne. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

4
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.
Get outdoors at Horseshoe Bay and Cleland Wildlife Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Murray Street Vineyards and Torbreck Wines. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Adelaide: Seppeltsfield (in Seppeltsfield), God's Hill Wines (in Lyndoch) and Greenock (Ballycroft Vineyard and Cellars & Kalleske Wines). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Tscharke's Place, get engrossed in the history at South Australian Museum, and savor the flavors at Domain Day Cellar Door.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Adelaide trip planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Adelaide in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Adelaide are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Adelaide

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Greenock, Marananga, Flaxman Wines, Cleland Wildlife Park, God's Hill Wines
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Murray Street Vineyards ©
Murray Street Vineyards
Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay

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 26th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Beach, then kick back and relax at Lennox Head Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Broken Head Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, stroll through Cape Byron Walking Track, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Wategos Beach.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Byron Bay vacation builder .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Adelaide to Byron Bay in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Broken Head Beach, Lennox Head Beach, Lighthouse Beach
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Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

5
nights
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Surfer's Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Get outdoors at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Moffat Beach. Take a break from Brisbane with a short trip to Marina Mirage in Main Beach, about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Dicky Beach, explore and take pictures at Captain Cook Highway, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Byron Bay to Brisbane by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. March in Brisbane sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Captain Cook Highway
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

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