17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Hamilton Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Rockhampton
— 1 night
train:  4​h 15​min
5
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
+3
Fly + foot + train + bus:  5​h 15​min
6
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Brisbane

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.
Get some cultural insight at Melbourne Museum and Shrine of Remembrance. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at St. Kilda Beach and Half Moon Bay. Spend the 8th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, look for all kinds of wild species at Trin Warren Tam-boore, and explore and take pictures at Royal Exhibition Building.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planner .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airport is Melbourne International Airport. In November, daytime highs in Melbourne are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

3
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Clovelly. Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Spend the 11th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

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Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in November since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

4
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Get in touch with nature at Hamilton Island Golf Club and Wild life Hamilton Island. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach, make a trip to Passage Peak, get outside with Jetryder, and go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina.

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You can fly from Sydney to Hamilton Island in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. In November, Hamilton Island is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

1
night
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
On the 16th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Rockhampton Heritage Village and then look for all kinds of wild species at Capricorn Caves.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Rockhampton travel planner .

Fly from Hamilton Island to Rockhampton in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Hamilton Island in November, expect nights in Rockhampton to be a bit cooler, around 23°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Rockhampton Heritage Village ©
Rockhampton Heritage Village

1
night
Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay ©
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
On the 17th (Sat), stop by Le Petit Chocolatier and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Burrum Heads Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hervey Bay travel route planning tool .

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Rockhampton to Hervey Bay in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. While traveling from Rockhampton, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hervey Bay, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Burrum Heads Beach
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Burrum Heads Beach ©
Burrum Heads Beach
Le Petit Chocolatier ©
Le Petit Chocolatier

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): experience rural life at The Farm Byron Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park. On your second day here, enjoy the sea views from Fingal Head Lighthouse, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolangatta Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Byron Walking Track.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Byron Bay trip builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Hervey Bay to Byron Bay takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Byron Bay when traveling from Hervey Bay in November, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Fingal Head Lighthouse
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

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