17 days in Brisbane, Sydney & Whitsunday Islands Itinerary

17 days in Brisbane, Sydney & Whitsunday Islands Itinerary

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17 days in Brisbane, Sydney & Whitsunday Islands Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Whitsunday Island
— 2 nights
Travel:  3​h
4
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Vancouver

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kirra Beach and Kings Beach. Relax by the water at Coolangatta Beach and Moffat Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Slideways - Go Karting Gold Coast (in Nerang) and Waterskiing & Jetskiing (in Gold Coast). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, explore and take pictures at Suncorp Stadium, and get a sense of history and politics at City Hall.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane attractions website .

Vancouver, Canada to Brisbane is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 18 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Vancouver in March: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Manly Beach and Wentworth Falls. Visit Bondi Beach and Palm Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Katoomba) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). There's much more to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and hike along Manly Scenic Walkway.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Shelly Beach, Palm Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach

2
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands National Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island road trip app .

Fly from Sydney to Whitsunday Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in March: highs in Whitsunday Island hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

3
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Escape the urban bustle at Catseye Beach and Hamilton Island Golf Club. Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Hamilton Island Marina. There's lots more to do: get outside with Jetryder, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and explore and take pictures at Go-Kart Racing Track.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hamilton Island online trip itinerary maker .

Explore your travel options from Whitsunday Island to Hamilton Island with the Route module. In March, daytime highs in Hamilton Island are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Go-Kart Racing Track ©
Go-Kart Racing Track

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