17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Beijing
Fly + shuttle:  16​h 45​min
1
Torquay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
6
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Beijing

2
nights
Torquay

Torquay ©
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take a peaceful walk through Lorne Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of The Great Ocean Road and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bells Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Torquay trip planner .

Beijing, China to Torquay is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone changes from China Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Beijing in February, things will get much warmer in Torquay: highs are around 30°C and lows about 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Melbourne.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Lorne Beach
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Lorne Beach ©
Lorne Beach
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Bells Beach ©
Bells Beach

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Melbourne Museum and Shrine of Remembrance. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Kilda Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne day trip site .

Getting from Torquay to Melbourne by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Melbourne are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Attractions like Australian National Maritime Museum and Scuba & Snorkeling make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in February, with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
nights
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.
On the 11th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then stroll through Dicky Beach. On the next day, kick back and relax at Moffat Beach, admire the masterpieces at Gallery of Modern Art, then examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and finally get in on the family fun at Wheel of Brisbane.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip itinerary builder app .

Fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Brisbane are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 13th (Wed), step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands National Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Whitsunday Island sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Brisbane to Whitsunday Island in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. February in Whitsunday Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

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.
On the 14th (Thu), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Whitsunday Island to Port Douglas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. In February, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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 16th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Cairns trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. February in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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