17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  26​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Blackheath
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
3
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: New York City

3
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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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Get in touch with nature at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Freshwater Beach. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of The Rocks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dee Why Beach, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary app .

New York City, USA to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Sydney is 15 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in December; daily highs in Sydney reach 81°F and lows reach 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Blackheath.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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Blackheath

Blackheath ©
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, then explore the activities along Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Pulpit Rock Lookout.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Blackheath day trip planner .

Drive from Sydney to Blackheath in 2 hours. In December in Blackheath, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Blackheath

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Wentworth Falls, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout

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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 22nd (Sat), steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol and then meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, then enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary maker website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Blackheath to Melbourne. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Blackheath in December; daily highs in Melbourne reach 78°F and lows reach 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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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 24th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Melbourne to Port Douglas takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect Port Douglas to be somewhat warmer, temps between 88°F and 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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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 26th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip site .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in December, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Adventure Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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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 28th (Fri), get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, then stroll through Surfer's Paradise Beach, and then get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction. Keep things going the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, then experience rural life at The Farm Byron Bay, and then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cairns in December, with highs in Gold Coast at 81°F and lows at 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Byron Bay
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Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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