17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
3
Byron Bay
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
4
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Toronto

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Echidna Walkabout - Day Tours. Your inner history buff will appreciate Shrine of Remembrance and Old Safety Deposit Building. Step out of the city life by going to Melbourne Boat Hire and St. Kilda Beach. Change things up with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay (about 1h 40 min away). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, wander the streets of Melbourne Central, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary builder app .

Toronto, Canada to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) is 15 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in January: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 32°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, The Great Ocean Road
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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.
Visiting Manly Beach and Bondi Beach will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Darling Harbour and Sydney Opera House. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney vacation tool .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 23°C in Sydney. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

1
night
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 16th (Wed): trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, then view the masterpieces at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at The Farm Byron Bay and then kick back and relax at Lennox Head Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Byron Bay day trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Byron Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lennox Head Beach, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

1
night
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.
For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast holiday website .

Traveling by bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Nature Beaches
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then stroll through Dicky Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moffat Beach, admire the masterpieces at Gallery of Modern Art, then examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and finally make a trip to Wheel of Brisbane.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane sightseeing planner.

Drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Brisbane are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

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 20th (Sun): experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then stroll through Palm Cove Beach. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

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Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Safaris
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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