17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Beijing
Fly:  13​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Beijing

3
nights
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Village Gallery). Spend the 13th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: get your game on at Cairns Kart Hire Track.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary planning site .

Beijing, China to Cairns is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time (CST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 2 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Beijing in March, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Cairns Kart Hire Track
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
On the 14th (Thu), examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane tour itinerary maker site .

Fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in March, things will get little chillier in Brisbane: highs are around 32°C and lows about 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Wildlife
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre

5
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Australian National Maritime Museum and Hyde Park Barracks Museum. You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Clovelly. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, browse the exhibits of Justice & Police Museum, get engrossed in the history at The Rocks Discovery Museum, and catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney online trip planner .

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

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.
Visit Shrine of Remembrance and The Johnston Collection for their historical value. Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc., take a memorable tour with Tours, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

For maps and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne day trip planning app .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Melbourne, with lows of 15°C. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria