17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  11​h
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Canberra
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
3
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Perth
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
Attractions like Bondi Beach and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium make great kid-friendly stops. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly, see the interesting displays at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sydney online route planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Sydney is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney is 2 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 32°C and lows are around 21°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Thu) before leaving for Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

2
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
You've now added Parliament of Australia to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial and then get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Canberra travel planning tool .

Getting from Sydney to Canberra by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in December, Canberra is slightly colder at night with lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Nature Parks Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol. Kids will enjoy Melbourne Museum and Eureka Skydeck 88. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, get your game on at Zero Latency, take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne travel route website .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Zero Latency ©
Zero Latency
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

5
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Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Visit Fremantle Prison and The Bell Tower for their historical value. Kids will enjoy Cottesloe Beach and Scarborough Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Perth: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mandurah) and Caversham Wildlife Park (in Whiteman). Pack the 14th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Adventure World Perth Australia. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, have some family-friendly fun at Elizabeth Quay Carousel, appreciate the history behind Kings Park War Memorial, and explore the activities along Swan River.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Perth attractions planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne to Perth, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in December, you will find days in Perth are somewhat warmer (35°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). On the 17th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Scarborough Beach, Cottesloe Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Caversham Wildlife Park, Adventure World Perth Australia
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Swan River ©
Swan River
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach

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