17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  14​h
1
Perth
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  8​h 30​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Dubai

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Scarborough Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cottesloe Beach, and then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Caversham Wildlife Park, then learn about winemaking at Talijancich Wines, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Bells Rapids Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Perth road trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Perth is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Traveling from Dubai in December, you will find days in Perth are a bit warmer (35°C), and nights are slightly colder (17°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Bells Rapids Park, Caversham Wildlife Park, Talijancich Wines, Scarborough Beach, Cottesloe Beach
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach

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 Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Step out of Port Douglas to go to Cape Tribulation and see Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Spend the 19th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Perth to Port Douglas in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Perth in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Port Douglas, with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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.
Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). Spend the 23rd (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Kids will enjoy Bondi Beach and Australian National Maritime Museum. And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and take a stroll through The Rocks.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Cairns to Sydney by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, Sydney is a bit cooler than Cairns - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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.
Kids will enjoy Melbourne Zoo and Eureka Skydeck 88. Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Werribee to see Werribee Open Range Zoo about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Sydney in December, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

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