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. Shrine of Remembrance and Old Safety Deposit Building will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, about 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, take an in-depth tour of Royal Historical Society of Victoria, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary planner .

Toronto, Canada to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Toronto to Melbourne, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Toronto in July: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 15°C and lows are around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can 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 some cultural insight at Sydney Opera House and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. It doesn't end there: wander the streets of Darling Harbour and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see ratings and other tourist information, use the Sydney day trip planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Melbourne in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): hike along Cape Byron Walking Track, then enjoy the sea views from 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at The Farm Byron Bay and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lennox Head Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Byron Bay sightseeing planner .

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. 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) to allow enough time to 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.
To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast online trip builder .

Traveling by bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Byron Bay in July since evenings lows in Gold Coast dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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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.
Kick 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. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moffat Beach, explore the world behind art 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.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can 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.
On the 3rd (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns travel route builder site .

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in August; daily highs in Cairns reach 31°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to 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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