17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly + shuttle:  15​h 45​min
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Adelaide
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Bengaluru

2
nights
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.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. Spend the 18th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and get a new perspective on things with Port Douglas Boat Hire.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas travel planner .

Bengaluru, India to Port Douglas is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight, car, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Bengaluru to Port Douglas. Traveling from Bengaluru in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Port Douglas: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

2
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.
On the 20th (Thu), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
nights
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 22nd (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach and then have some family-friendly fun at South Bank Parklands.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cairns in December, with highs in Brisbane at 32°C and lows at 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands

4
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.
Kids will enjoy Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip website .

Getting from Brisbane to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Cleland Wildlife Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Adelaide Botanic Garden, and then make a trip to Adelaide Oval.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Adelaide route maker app .

Fly from Sydney to Adelaide in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Adelaide when traveling from Sydney in December, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cleland Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
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Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden
Adelaide Oval ©
Adelaide Oval

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Old Melbourne Gaol. Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee, about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sandridge Beach.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne road trip app .

You can fly from Adelaide to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

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