17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  27​h
1
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
3
Byron Bay
— 1 night
bus:  0 min
4
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​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.
Melbourne Museum and Melbourne Central are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Shrine of Remembrance and National Gallery of Victoria. Step out of Melbourne to go to Torquay and see The Great Ocean Road, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through Echidna Walkabout - Day Tours, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and tour the water at your own pace with Melbourne Boat Hire.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Melbourne online visit planner .

Toronto, Canada to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Melbourne is 15 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Toronto in July, with highs in Melbourne at 15°C and lows at 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough 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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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
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.
Get in touch with nature at Manly Beach and Bondi Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Darling Harbour and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney online vacation planner .

You can 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 July, you will find days in Sydney are somewhat warmer (21°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
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.
On the 30th (Tue), trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, then 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. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at The Farm Byron Bay and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lennox Head Beach.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay travel route builder site .

Getting from Sydney to Byron Bay by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Byron Bay sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can take a bus to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Lennox Head Beach
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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.
To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip planner .

You can take a bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Byron Bay in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 11°C in Gold Coast. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches Nature Wildlife
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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 1st (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then kick back and relax at Dicky Beach. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moffat Beach, then admire the masterpieces at Gallery of Modern Art, then examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and finally get in on the family fun at Wheel of Brisbane.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip builder site .

Drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

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 3rd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cairns online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in August; daily highs in Cairns reach 31°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) 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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