17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Hanoi
Fly + shuttle:  20​h
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
2
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Hanoi

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by With Sugar, stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Des Spencer Galleries.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip planner .

Hanoi, Vietnam to Port Douglas is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

1
night
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 4th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then explore the world behind art at Gallery of Modern Art, and then admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, examine the collection at Museum of Brisbane, then kick back and relax at Dicky Beach, and finally find something for the whole family at Wheel of Brisbane.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane travel route builder .

Getting from Port Douglas to Brisbane by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Port Douglas in June, with highs in Brisbane at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Rocks and Australian National Maritime Museum. Bring the kids along to Manly Beach and Tambourine Bay Reserve and Warraroon Reserve Walk. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, take in panoramic vistas at Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck, choose your vessel at Sydney by Boat, and get outside with Adrenaline.

For photos and other tourist information, go to the Sydney route planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in June, expect nights in Sydney to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

7
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Take a break from the city and head to The Great Ocean Road and St. Kilda Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Melbourne Museum and Immigration Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Churchill Island Marine National Park (in Newhaven) and Koala Conservation Centre (in Cowes). Spend the 15th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and stroll through Melbourne Zoo.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in June: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 16°C and lows are around 6°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, The Great Ocean Road, Churchill Island Marine National Park, Koala Conservation Centre
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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