17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Katoomba
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  6​h
3
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Noosa
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Agnes Water
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
8
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
9
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 45​min
10
Townsville
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 15​min
11
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
12
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Munich

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take a stroll through The Rocks, don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, then trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney driving holiday planner.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. March in Sydney sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Scuba & Snorkeling
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

2
nights
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Wentworth Falls Lake, explore the stunning scenery at Lincoln's Rock, and then tour in harmony with nature at Eco Tours. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Perry's Lookdown.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Katoomba sightseeing app .

Drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Sydney in March, plan for slightly colder nights in Katoomba, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Wallerawang.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Lincoln's Rock, Perry's Lookdown, Wentworth Falls Lake
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Perry's Lookdown ©
Perry's Lookdown
Lincoln's Rock ©
Lincoln's Rock

1
night
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
On the 1st (Mon), take in the exciting artwork at Bunker Cartoon Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Solitary Islands Coastal Walk, then enjoy the sand and surf at Diggers beach, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Korora Lookout.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Coffs Harbour travel route planner .

Getting from Katoomba to Coffs Harbour by combination of train and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. April in Coffs Harbour sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Diggers Beach ©
Diggers Beach
Korora Lookout ©
Korora Lookout
National Cartoon Gallery ©
National Cartoon Gallery

1
night
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.
On the 2nd (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, and then kick back and relax at Kirra Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast attractions planner .

You can drive from Coffs Harbour to Gold Coast in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or fly. April in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

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.
On the 3rd (Wed), kick back and relax at Dicky Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moffat Beach, and then take a stroll through West End.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. April in Brisbane sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach
West End ©
West End

1
night
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 4th (Thu), stroll through Noosa Main Beach, then explore the striking landscape of Tewantin National Park, and then admire the natural beauty at Noosa Botanic Gardens.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Noosa trip builder app .

You can drive from Brisbane to Noosa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Agnes Water.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Noosa Botanic Gardens
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa Botanic Gardens ©
Noosa Botanic Gardens
Tewantin National Park
Tewantin National Park

1
day
Agnes Water

Agnes Water
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Agnes Water Main Beach, and then pause for some photo ops at Lieutenant James Cook Monument Cairn.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Agnes Water online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Noosa to Agnes Water takes 4.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Agnes Water

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Seventeen Seventy
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1
night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Agnes Water to Hamilton Island. Traveling from Agnes Water in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Hamilton Island, with lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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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 7th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip tool .

Ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. In April, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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 8th (Mon): explore the galleries of Museum of Tropical Queensland, stroll through The Strand, and then take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Townsville trip itinerary builder app .

You can take a bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Airlie Beach in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Townsville: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Strand ©
The Strand

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas online itinerary maker .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Townsville to Port Douglas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Cairns

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls, go for a walk through Red Arrow Walk, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Babinda Boulders, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, and then view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 12th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Red Arrow Walk, Palm Cove Beach, Babinda Boulders, Crystal Cascades
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Babinda Boulders ©
Babinda Boulders
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls

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