17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Amritsar
Fly:  15​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Greenwell Point
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Shoal Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  5​h 15​min
6
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Amritsar

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sydney Opera House. Relax by the water at Manly Beach and Bondi Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Coogee Beach. Spend the 2nd (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hawthorne Canal Reserve, stroll through Clovelly, enjoy the sand and surf at Camp Cove, and admire the masterpieces at Australian Centre for Photography.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sydney day trip planning website .

Amritsar, India to Sydney is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 4 hour difference. When traveling from Amritsar in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sydney, with highs around 32°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Greenwell Point.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

1
night
Greenwell Point

Greenwell Point ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): stop by The Treat Factory, do a tasting at Two Figs Winery, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nowra Fresh Fish & Meat Market, then see the interesting displays at Jervis Bay Maritime Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Callala Beach.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Greenwell Point trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Greenwell Point takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Sydney in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Greenwell Point, with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Greenwell Point

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Callala Beach, Jervis Bay Maritime Museum, Two Figs Winery, Nowra Fresh Fish & Meat Market, The Treat Factory
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Callala Beach ©
Callala Beach
Nowra Fresh Fish & Meat Market ©
Nowra Fresh Fish & Meat Market
Jervis Bay Maritime Museum ©
Jervis Bay Maritime Museum

2
nights
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then get great views at The Three Sisters, and then trek along The Giant Stairway. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Echo Point Lookout, make a trip to Leura Cascades, appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, and finally take some stellar pictures from Govetts Leap.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Katoomba trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Greenwell Point to Katoomba takes 3.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Katoomba are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Shoal Bay.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Leura Cascades, The National Pass, Govetts Leap
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

2
nights
Shoal Bay

Shoal Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in the waterfront activity at Soldiers Point Marina, then kick back and relax at Fingal Bay Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tomaree Head. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Zenith Beach, kick back and relax at Jimmy's Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bennetts Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Shoal Bay trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Shoal Bay takes 4 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Shoal Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hawks Nest, Fingal Bay Beach, Soldiers Point Marina
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Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Jimmy's Beach ©
Jimmy's Beach
Bennetts Beach ©
Bennetts Beach

2
nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, then enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse, and then kick back and relax at Pilot Beach. On your second day here, experience rural life at Ricardoes Tomatoes and U-Pick Strawberry Farm, meet the residents at Billabong Zoo: Koala & Wildlife Park, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, and finally hike along Coastal walk.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Port Macquarie tour planning tool .

Traveling by car from Shoal Bay to Port Macquarie takes 3 hours. Traveling from Shoal Bay in January, you will find days in Port Macquarie are little chillier (26°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Pilot Beach
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Pilot Beach ©
Pilot Beach
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk

3
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.
Visiting Burleigh Head National Park and Burleigh Heads Beach will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Surfer's Paradise Beach and Coolangatta Beach. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction, try out the rides at Sea World Theme Park, and enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck.

To find out how to plan a trip to Gold Coast, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Port Macquarie to Gold Coast by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Port Macquarie in January: highs in Gold Coast hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise 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.
On the 13th (Sun), immerse yourself in nature at Warrandyte State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Kilda Beach, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Melbourne Zoo, then look for all kinds of wild species at Trin Warren Tam-boore, and then kick back and relax at Sandridge Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Melbourne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in January, Melbourne is slightly colder at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Warrandyte State Park ©
Warrandyte State Park
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Trin Warren Tam-boore ©
Trin Warren Tam-boore

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