17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  1​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Brisbane
— 1 night
Travel:  4​h 15​min
5
Moreton Island
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Bondi Beach. There's much more to do: hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and take a stroll through The Rocks.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary planner .

Melbourne to Sydney is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 22°C. You will leave for Nelson Bay on the 10th (Sun).

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): stop by Miami Marketta. Here are some ideas for day two: buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, then browse the different shops at The Oasis Shopping Centre, and then stroll through Surfers Paradise Beach.

To find where to stay and tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip website .

Getting from Sydney to Gold Coast by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In March in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Shopping Parks Outdoors
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Pacific Fair Shopping Centre ©
Pacific Fair Shopping Centre
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

3
nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Thomgallery. Visiting Cape Byron Walking Track and Kayaking & Canoeing will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Lennox Head Beach, explore the galleries of Jules Hunt Studio Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Belongil Beach, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Byron Bay trip builder website .

Traveling by bus from Gold Coast to Byron Bay takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Lennox Head Beach
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Lennox Head Beach ©
Lennox Head Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): stroll through Moffat Beach.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Brisbane trip builder .

Explore your travel options from Moreton Island to Brisbane with the Route module. March in Brisbane sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach
Suncorp Stadium
Suncorp Stadium

3
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Moreton Island

Moreton Island ©
Off Queensland's southeastern coast, Moreton Island offers steep dunes and beaches.
On the 16th (Sat), get outside with Tangalooma Island Resort Dolphin Feeding and then make a trip to Tangalooma Wrecks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Moreton Lighthouse and then head off the coast to Moreton Island.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Moreton Island online trip builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Brisbane to Moreton Island. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Moreton Island

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Moreton Island ©
Moreton Island
Cape Moreton Lighthouse ©
Cape Moreton Lighthouse
Tangalooma Wrecks ©
Tangalooma Wrecks

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Palm Cove Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns itinerary planner.

Getting from Brisbane to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 27°C in Cairns. You will leave for home on the 21st (Thu).

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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