17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Ahmedabad
Fly:  18​h
1
Palm Cove
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Townsville
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
4
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Ahmedabad

1
day
Palm Cove

Palm Cove ©
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
On the 17th (Tue), kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and then explore the galleries of Village Gallery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Palm Cove trip site .

Ahmedabad, India to Palm Cove is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Ahmedabad to Palm Cove is 4 hours. Traveling from Ahmedabad in September, expect Palm Cove to be slightly colder, temps between 33°C and 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Palm Cove

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, then make a trip to Jezzine Barracks, and then go for a walk through Castle Hill.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Townsville online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Palm Cove to Townsville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Jezzine Barracks ©
Jezzine Barracks

1
night
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 19th (Thu), kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach travel route planning site .

You can take a bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Townsville in September: highs in Airlie Beach hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Bicentennial Walkway ©
Bicentennial Walkway

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach and then explore the activities along Hill Inlet.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island day trip planner .

You can take a bus from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island in an hour. Another option is to ride a ferry. Traveling from Airlie Beach in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Whitsunday Island, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

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 21st (Sat), grab your bike and head to Kedron Brook Bikeway, see the interesting displays at Museum of Brisbane, then explore the world behind art at Gallery of Modern Art, then see the interesting displays at Queensland Maritime Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel). On the next day, see the interesting displays at The Workshops Rail Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, and then admire all the interesting features of Suncorp Stadium.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Brisbane tour planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Whitsunday Island to Brisbane takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. While traveling from Whitsunday Island, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Brisbane, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

The Workshops Rail Museum
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Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art
The Workshops Rail Museum ©
The Workshops Rail Museum
Museum of Brisbane ©
Museum of Brisbane

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Greenmount Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Burleigh Head National Park and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Explore Gold Coast's surroundings by going to Cape Byron Walking Track (in Byron Bay), Fingal Head Lighthouse (in Fingal Head) and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, look for gifts at Miami Marketta, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Augustine's Catholic Church.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip tool .

Drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Fingal Head Lighthouse, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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 get in some beach time at Bronte Beach and Bondi Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Manly Scenic Walkway. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Featherdale Wildlife Park in Blacktown--about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, contemplate the long history of St. Mary's Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, and admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Sydney are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Bronte Beach, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Balmoral Beach, Mosman
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Featherdale Wildlife Park ©
Featherdale Wildlife Park
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman

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.
Popular historic sites such as William Ricketts Sanctuary and St. Patrick's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park and Dandenong Ranges National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Hanging Rock Reserve (in Woodend), Art Gallery of Ballarat (in Ballarat) and Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit (in Ventnor). It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Federation Square and explore the world behind art at Victorian Artists' Society.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Melbourne trip planning app .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sydney in September, with highs in Melbourne at 20°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Hanging Rock Reserve, Dandenong Ranges National Park, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Art Gallery of Ballarat
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Hanging Rock Reserve ©
Hanging Rock Reserve
Dandenong Ranges National Park ©
Dandenong Ranges National Park

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