17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Hyderabad
+3
foot + bus + Fly + shuttle:  17​h 30​min
1
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Townsville
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
4
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  5​h
5
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Katoomba
— 2 nights
+3
train + Fly + shuttle + bus:  10​h 15​min
8
Apollo Bay
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Port Campbell
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Hyderabad

1
night
Port Douglas

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.
On the 9th (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at Des Spencer Galleries, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout and then look for all kinds of wild species at Agincourt Reef.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas day trip planner.

Hyderabad, India to Port Douglas is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Hyderabad to Port Douglas, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Hyderabad in March, you will find days in Port Douglas are a bit cooler (36°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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 11th (Mon): go for a walk through Castle Hill, then have fun at Tobruk Memorial Baths, and then enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Townsville trip site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Townsville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. March in Townsville sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Tobruk Memorial Baths ©
Tobruk Memorial Baths
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 12th (Tue), stop by Into The Blue Gallery, stroll through Boathaven Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach visit planning app .

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. In March, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time 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 14th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, kick back and relax at Catseye Beach, and then head outdoors with Jetryder.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hamilton Island attractions planner.

You can 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): browse the different shops at Robina Town Shopping Centre, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Tugun Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Augustine's Catholic Church.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Hamilton Island to Gold Coast takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Hamilton Island in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Gold Coast, with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): kick back and relax at Clovelly, then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, then kick back and relax at Camp Cove, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and then wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip planner.

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. March in Sydney sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

2
nights
Katoomba

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 20th (Wed): make a trip to Echo Point Lookout, don't miss a visit to Day FIne Art, and then take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains. On the next day, get great views at Govetts Leap, admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, and finally don't miss a visit to Leura Cascades.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Katoomba trip planner .

Drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Sydney in March, expect little chillier with lows of 19°C in Katoomba. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Apollo Bay.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Blackheath, Leura, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
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Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Govetts Leap ©
Govetts Leap
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

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day
Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. On the 22nd (Fri), trek along Great Ocean Walk, take some stellar pictures from Mariners Lookout, and then trek along Mait's Rest.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Apollo Bay day trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, shuttle, and bus from Katoomba to Apollo Bay takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Trails Parks Outdoors
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Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest
Mariners Lookout ©
Mariners Lookout
Great Ocean Walk ©
Great Ocean Walk

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Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): make a trip to Gibsons Steps, explore the striking landscape at The Razorback, then take some stellar pictures from Loch Ard Gorge, then take in the dramatic natural features at London Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to The Grotto.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Port Campbell online trip maker .

Getting from Apollo Bay to Port Campbell by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Melbourne.

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

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night
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 24th (Sun), enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88 and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Melbourne trip planner .

You can drive from Port Campbell to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. March in Melbourne sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Eureka Skydeck 88 ©
Eureka Skydeck 88

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