17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Canberra
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Esperance
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h
3
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Rockhampton
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 15​min
6
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
End: Canberra

2
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, then kick back and relax at Cottesloe Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Scarborough Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Perth online sightseeing planner .

Canberra to Perth is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Canberra to Perth. In April, Perth is a bit warmer than Canberra - with highs of 31°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Esperance.

Things to do in Perth

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Cottesloe Beach, Scarborough Beach
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Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Scarborough Beach ©
Scarborough Beach
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

1
night
Esperance

Esperance ©
Esperance is a town in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, on the Southern Ocean coastline approximately 720km east-southeast of the state capital, Perth. You've now added Pink Lake to your itinerary. On the 14th (Wed), explore the activities along Pink Lake. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Esperance Stonehenge.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Esperance trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Esperance takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Perth, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Esperance, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 14°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Thu) before leaving for Darwin.

Things to do in Esperance

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Pink Lake ©
Pink Lake
Esperance Stonehenge ©
Esperance Stonehenge

2
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Bring the kids along to Mindil Beach and Darwin Waterfront. Spend the 16th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Darwin trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Esperance to Darwin in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Esperance in April, expect nights in Darwin to be warmer, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. You'll set off for Cairns on the 18th (Sun).

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Darwin Waterfront ©
Darwin Waterfront

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns route builder site .

Getting from Darwin to Cairns by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Darwin in April: highs in Cairns hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 26°C. On the 20th (Tue), you'll travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens and then look for all kinds of wild species at Capricorn Caves.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rockhampton trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Rockhampton takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Cairns in April since evenings lows in Rockhampton dip to 21°C. On the 22nd (Thu), you're off toGold Coast.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife
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Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens

2
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): meet the residents at Sea World Theme Park and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World.

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You can drive from Rockhampton to Gold Coast in 9.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rockhampton in April: highs in Gold Coast hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 19°C. On the 24th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
SkyPoint Observation Deck ©
SkyPoint Observation Deck

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.
For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip planning website .

Getting from Gold Coast to Brisbane by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Brisbane are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. You will leave for Sydney on the 25th (Sun).

Things to do in Brisbane

Tours Outdoors Parks
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2
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.
Make your Sydney itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Gold Coast in April: highs in Sydney hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 17°C. On the 27th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Nightlife
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