17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Beijing
Fly:  15​h
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Canberra
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Beijing

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): stop by Haigh's Chocolates Collins Street, then browse the different shops at Emporium Melbourne, then look for gifts at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, and finally kick back and relax at Elwood Beach. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Prahran Market, then view the masterpieces at McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Frankston Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne online holiday planner .

Beijing, China to Melbourne is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) is 2 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Beijing in January; daily highs in Melbourne reach 32°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Elwood Beach, Frankston Beach, McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 30:
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Elwood Beach ©
Elwood Beach
Lightning Ridge Opal Mines ©
Lightning Ridge Opal Mines
Emporium Melbourne ©
Emporium Melbourne

3
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Wily Trout Vineyard. Get out of town with these interesting Canberra side-trips: Murrumbateman (Four Winds Vineyard & McKellar Ridge Wines). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at ANZAC Parade Walk, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and pause for some photo ops at Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Canberra itinerary site .

You can fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Wineries Outdoors

Side Trip

Murrumbateman
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 2:
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Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve ©
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
ANZAC Parade Walk
ANZAC Parade Walk
McKellar Ridge Wines ©
McKellar Ridge Wines

4
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.
Do your shopping at The Rocks Markets and The Nook. You'll get in some beach time at Palm Beach and Shelly Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Teddy Sinclair (in Leura), Katoomba (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & Wentworth Falls) and Rick Rutherford's Country (in Lawson). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coogee Beach, look for gifts at The Strand Arcade, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney travel route planning app .

Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Canberra in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Katoomba, Leura, Shelly Beach, Rick Rutherford's Country, Palm Beach
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 6:
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Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach
Opal Minded ©
Opal Minded

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): relax in the rural setting at Jaques Coffee Plantation, take in the exciting artwork at Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio, and then identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands. Keep things going the next day: get into the urban bustle at Tanks Arts Centre, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cairns online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In February, Cairns is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Tanks Arts Centre, Jaques Coffee Plantation, Trinity Beach, Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio, Yorkeys Knob Beach
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 9:
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Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Yorkeys Knob Beach ©
Yorkeys Knob Beach
Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio ©
Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio

2
nights
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): stroll through Moffat Beach and then wander the streets of Queen Street Mall.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairns in February: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 33°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 11:
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Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Queen Street Mall ©
Queen Street Mall

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