17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Melbourne
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Port Campbell
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Lorne
— 1 night
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  8​h 30​min
4
Townsville
— 1 day
bus:  3​h 45​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
6
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  5​h
7
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  6​h 15​min
8
Katoomba
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: New Delhi

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day
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Food Tours as well as Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). On the 9th (Sat), catch a live event at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and finally make a trip to Flinders Street Station.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Melbourne travel planner.

New Delhi, India to Melbourne is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from New Delhi to Melbourne. Traveling from New Delhi in March, you will find days in Melbourne are slightly colder (30°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Food Tours

1
night
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): make a trip to Gibsons Steps, explore the striking landscape at The Razorback, then take some stellar pictures from Loch Ard Gorge, then explore the striking landscape at London Bridge, and finally make a trip to The Grotto.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Campbell trip maker site .

You can drive from Melbourne to Port Campbell in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lorne.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
The Grotto ©
The Grotto
Gibsons Steps ©
Gibsons Steps

1
night
Lorne

Lorne ©
Lorne is a seaside town on Louttit Bay in Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Sheoak Falls, then make a trip to Teddy's Lookout, and then admire the sheer force of Erskine Falls.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Lorne sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Port Campbell to Lorne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in March, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Lorne

Nature Parks
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Erskine Falls ©
Erskine Falls
Teddy's Lookout ©
Teddy's Lookout
Sheoak Falls ©
Sheoak Falls

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Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 12th (Tue), go for a walk through Castle Hill and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Townsville road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight from Lorne to Townsville in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. In March, Townsville is somewhat warmer than Lorne - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

2
nights
Airlie Beach

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 13th (Wed), stop by Into The Blue Gallery, kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then stroll through Boathaven Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then view the masterpieces at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip builder site .

Traveling by bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. March in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Spas & Wellness
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, then kick back and relax at Catseye Beach, and then head outdoors with Jetryder.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island trip itinerary planner.

Ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Adventure Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamilton Island Art Gallery ©
Hamilton Island Art Gallery

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 17th (Sun): browse the different shops at Robina Town Shopping Centre, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirra Beach, and then kick back and relax at Tugun Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Gold Coast sightseeing website .

Getting from Hamilton Island to Gold Coast by combination of flight and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Gold Coast when traveling from Hamilton Island in March, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

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Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
On the 19th (Tue), make a trip to Day FIne Art, take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, and then do a tasting at Megalong Creek Estate. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Echo Point Lookout, then make a trip to Leura Cascades, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, and finally take some stellar pictures from Govetts Leap.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Katoomba road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Gold Coast to Katoomba in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Katoomba, with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Nature Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Blackheath, Megalong Creek Estate, Leura Cascades
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Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Govetts Leap ©
Govetts Leap
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

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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.
Relax by the water at Manly Beach and Clovelly. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Manly to see Shelly Beach about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Bondi Beach, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. March in Sydney sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour

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