17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
2
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Adelaide
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 15​min
4
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
5
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: San Diego

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Historic Village Herberton and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda, about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, admire the natural beauty at Munro Martin Parklands, and choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip app .

San Diego, USA to Cairns is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Cairns is 18 hours. Traveling from San Diego in October, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 69°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 85°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge, Trinity Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Historic Village Herberton
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Mossman Gorge ©
Mossman Gorge
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Explore hidden gems such as Seal Bay Conservation Park and Cape Willoughby Lighthouse. Spend the 16th (Tue) exploring nature at Flinders Chase National Park. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Raptor Domain, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kangaroo Island Spirits, explore the historical opulence of George's 40,000 Castle Lights, and do a tasting at The Islander Estate Vineyards.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kangaroo Island trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Cairns to Kangaroo Island takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, car, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park

4
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Adelaide Oval and Cleland Wildlife Park. Popular historic sites such as Old Port Victor Historic Walk and Carrick Hill are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Adelaide: Victor Harbor (Granite Island, Kaiki Walk - Granite Island, & more). The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at Adelaide Central Market, admire the striking features of General Post Office, contemplate the long history of Old Gum Tree Reserve, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Adelaide Zoo.

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

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In October in Adelaide, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Victor Harbor, Cleland Wildlife Park, Old Gum Tree Reserve
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Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Adelaide Oval ©
Adelaide Oval
Carrick Hill ©
Carrick Hill

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 22nd (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Wanggoolba Creek and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Birrabeen. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then explore the activities along Eli Creek.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Adelaide to Fraser Island takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Adelaide in October; daily highs in Fraser Island reach 80°F and lows reach 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Lake Birrabeen ©
Lake Birrabeen
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

1
night
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.
On the 24th (Wed), stroll through Hyde Park and then kick back and relax at Coogee Beach. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Camp Cove, enjoy the sand and surf at Shelly Beach, then trek along Manly Scenic Walkway, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sydney online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In October, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Manly Scenic Walkway ©
Manly Scenic Walkway
Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk ©
Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk
Hyde Park ©
Hyde Park

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