17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Cairns
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Melbourne Zoo and Sandridge Beach. Get some cultural insight at Melbourne Central and National Gallery of Victoria. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take a stroll through Collins St/Swanston St, and learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne vacation planning website .

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from London to Melbourne, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in December, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Shopping
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cairns online tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in December; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
day
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 28th (Fri), kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, then learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, and then stroll through Ned's Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Lord Howe Island takes 7.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Museum ©
Lord Howe Island Museum

6
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.
Get in touch with nature at Manly Beach and Bondi Beach. You'll explore and learn at Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales. The adventure continues: take a stroll through The Rocks, make a trip to Queen Victoria Building (QVB), examine the collection at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Hawthorne Canal Reserve.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sydney online journey maker .

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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