17 days in Sydney, Whitsunday Islands & Melbourne Itinerary

17 days in Sydney, Whitsunday Islands & Melbourne Itinerary

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17 days in Sydney, Whitsunday Islands & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly:  27​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Travel:  3​h
3
Hayman Island
— 1 night
Travel:  2​h 45​min
4
Daydream Island
— 1 night
Travel:  2​h 30​min
5
Whitsunday Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Copenhagen

3
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.
Relax by the water at Manly Beach and Bondi Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Coogee Beach. Step out of Sydney to go to Manly and see Shelly Beach, which is approximately 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of The Rocks, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, stroll through Manly Scenic Walkway, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary website .

Copenhagen, Denmark to Sydney is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Copenhagen to Sydney is 9 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Copenhagen in January; daily highs in Sydney reach 32°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Scenic Walkway ©
Manly Scenic Walkway

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Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, kick back and relax at Catseye Beach, and then head outdoors with Jetryder. On your second day here, tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club, meet the residents at Wild life Hamilton Island, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hamilton Island online holiday planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Hamilton Island in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sydney in January since evenings lows in Hamilton Island dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Hayman Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

1
night
Hayman Island

Hayman Island
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Hiking & Bushwalks One&Only Hayman Island.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hayman Island holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hamilton Island to Hayman Island. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Daydream Island.

Things to do in Hayman Island

Trails Outdoors Nature
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Daydream Island

Daydream Island
On the 11th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Daydream Island Living Reef.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Daydream Island trip itinerary builder site .

Explore your travel options from Hayman Island to Daydream Island with the Route module. In January in Daydream Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 11th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Daydream Island

Wildlife Parks
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Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 12th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitehaven Beach. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands National Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island itinerary site .

Explore your travel options from Daydream Island to Whitsunday Island with the Route module. In January, daily temperatures in Whitsunday Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

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

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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.
Visit Eastern Beach Reserve and Ocean Beach for some beach relaxation. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ballarat Wildlife Park and Swim with Dolphins. Venture out of the city with trips to St George's Lake (in Creswick) and Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (in Pearcedale). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, and stroll through Melbourne Zoo.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne online vacation builder .

Traveling by flight from Whitsunday Island to Melbourne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in January, expect Melbourne to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 17°C. On the 18th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Ballarat Wildlife Park, St George's Lake, Ocean Beach, Eastern Beach Reserve
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park

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