17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Ahmedabad
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Ahmedabad

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get some cultural insight at National Vietnam Veterans Museum and Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. You'll get in some beach time at Koala Conservation Centre and Eastern Beach Reserve. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Split Point Lighthouse (in Aireys Inlet), National Wool Museum (in Geelong) and Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (in Mornington). There's still lots to do: stroll through Frankston Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bells Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne itinerary maker app .

Ahmedabad, India to Melbourne is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Ahmedabad to Melbourne. Traveling from Ahmedabad in December, you will find days in Melbourne are little chillier (30°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Geelong, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Bells Beach, National Vietnam Veterans Museum, Split Point Lighthouse
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit ©
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
National Vietnam Veterans Museum ©
National Vietnam Veterans Museum

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Darling Harbour and White Rabbit Gallery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Powerhouse Museum and The Rocks Discovery Museum. Step out of Sydney to go to Bilpin and see Bilpin Cider Company, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, enjoy the sand and surf at Camp Cove, stroll through Clontarf Beach, and see the interesting displays at Sydney Bus Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney vacation tool .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Sydney. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Bilpin Cider Company
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Bilpin Cider Company ©
Bilpin Cider Company
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
White Rabbit Gallery ©
White Rabbit Gallery

3
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cape Byron Lighthouse and Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise. Relax by the water at Burleigh Heads Beach and Surfers Paradise Beach. Spend the 26th (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach and take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Other options are to 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 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Cape Byron Lighthouse
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

5
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Scuba & Snorkeling and Thornton Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Daintree Discovery Centre and Historic Village Herberton. Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Four Mile Beach (in Port Douglas). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, browse the exhibits of Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns, brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.

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You can fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Gold Coast in December; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Thornton Beach, Four Mile Beach, Daintree Discovery Centre, Trinity Beach, Historic Village Herberton
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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