17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
4
Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Cooktown
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Magnetic Island
— 1 day
ferry:  30​min
7
Townsville
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Sydney

3
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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 get to explore Art Gallery of New South Wales and Australian National Maritime Museum. You'll get in some beach time at Bilgola Beach and Congwong Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Palm Beach (in Palm Beach), Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame (in Bowral) and Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shelly Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly, get to know the fascinating history of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk, and contemplate the waterfront views at Watson's Bay.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary maker site .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Sydney. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Bilgola Beach, Shelly Beach, Palm Beach, Jenolan Caves, Congwong Beach
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 13:
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Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach
Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Coolangatta Beach and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Let the collections at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre capture your imagination. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction, stroll through Burleigh Head National Park, and enjoy the sea views from Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast driving holiday tool .

Fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Broken Head Beach and Lennox Head Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bexhill Open Air Cathedral and Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Heritage Aviation Museum. Spend the 18th (Tue) exploring nature at Arakwal National Park. And it doesn't end there: trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, take some stellar pictures from Broken Head Nature Reserve, and enjoy the sand and surf at Tallow Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Byron Bay trip builder site .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Byron Bay sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Byron Bay

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Broken Head, Lennox Head Beach, Bexhill Open Air Cathedral, Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Heritage Aviation Museum
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Tallow Beach ©
Tallow Beach

1
night
Port Douglas

Port Douglas ©
A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, then do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Des Spencer Galleries, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef, and finally look for gifts at With Sugar.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Byron Bay to Port Douglas in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Byron Bay in December, Port Douglas is a bit warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Mossman Gorge, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Mossman Gorge ©
Mossman Gorge
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

1
night
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Cooktown War Memorial, contemplate the long history of Cooktown History Centre, enjoy the sea views from Grassy Hill, then take an in-depth tour of James Cook Museum, and finally stroll through Finch Bay.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cooktown day trip app .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cooktown by car takes about 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Cooktown

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Museums
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
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Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum
Finch Bay ©
Finch Bay

1
day
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): tour the water at your own pace with Big Mama Sailing, then enjoy the sand and surf at Geoffrey Bay, and then step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island Forts Walk.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Magnetic Island day trip app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cooktown to Magnetic Island. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

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Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Take a break from the city and head to The Strand and Museum of Tropical Queensland. Museum-lovers will get to explore Army Museum North Queensland and Maritime Museum of Townsville. There's still lots to do: trek along Castle Hill, take in the exciting artwork at Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James Cathedral, and look for all kinds of wild species at Billabong Sanctuary.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Townsville trip planner .

Townsville is just a short distance from Magnetic Island. In December in Townsville, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Townsville

#Parks, #Museums, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary

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