17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Jindabyne
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
7
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
8
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Byron Bay
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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.
Spend the 11th (Thu) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, and make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary tool .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Sydney. In July in Sydney, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Jindabyne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

2
nights
Jindabyne

Jindabyne ©
Jindabyne is a town in south-east New South Wales, Australia that overlooks Lake Jindabyne near the Snowy Mountains, in Snowy Monaro Regional Council. On the 13th (Sat), explore the activities along Lake Jindabyne and then hit the slopes at Charlotte Pass. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Charlotte Pass Ski Resort.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Jindabyne trip builder app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sydney to Jindabyne. Traveling from Sydney in July, things will get slightly colder in Jindabyne: highs are around 11°C and lows about -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Jindabyne

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Kosciuszko National Park
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Charlotte Pass ©
Charlotte Pass
Lake Jindabyne ©
Lake Jindabyne
Charlotte Pass Ski Resort ©
Charlotte Pass Ski Resort

1
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 15th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Melbourne Zoo, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planner.

You can drive from Jindabyne to Melbourne in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Jindabyne in July, expect Melbourne to be a bit warmer, temps between 15°C and 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Eureka Skydeck ©
Eureka Skydeck

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, get outside with Walpa Gorge, and take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta.

Plan my day in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in July, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns holiday planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island online trip maker .

You can fly from Cairns to Hamilton Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Cairns in July, you will find days in Hamilton Island are little chillier (25°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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2
nights
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 23rd (Tue), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach road trip planner .

Ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. July in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then stroll around South Bank Parklands.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane day trip app .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Brisbane by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in July, Brisbane is a bit cooler at night with lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks
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Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Fri), trek along Cape Byron Walking Track and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Byron Bay road trip planner.

You can drive from Brisbane to Byron Bay in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Brisbane in July, Byron Bay is little chillier at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track

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