17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

4
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Mooloolaba Beach and Moffat Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Kings Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Caloundra Regional Art Gallery (in Caloundra) and Mapleton Observatory (in Mapleton). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nepalese Pagoda, and examine the collection at Opal Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane trip builder .

Sydney to Brisbane is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. December in Brisbane sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Mapleton Observatory, Mooloolaba Beach
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

4
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cape Byron Lighthouse and Watling Fine Art Galleries & Burleigh Framing. Get outdoors at Surfers Paradise Beach and Fishing Charters & Tours. Step out of Gold Coast with an excursion to Tropical Fruit World in Duranbah--about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, stroll through Burleigh Head National Park, look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, and examine the collection at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast road trip website .

Getting from Brisbane to Gold Coast by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Byron Lighthouse, Tropical Fruit World, Fishing Charters & Tours
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Manly Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, wander the streets of The Rocks, and kick back and relax at Camp Cove.

To see reviews and tourist information, read our Sydney vacation planner .

Getting from Gold Coast to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Katoomba
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get in touch with nature at Royal Botanic Gardens and Balloon Rides. Do some cultural sightseeing at Shrine of Remembrance and National Gallery of Victoria. Change things up with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay (about 1h 40 min away). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, wander the streets of Melbourne Central, admire the striking features of Royal Exhibition Building, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne road trip planning website .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Melbourne, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, The Great Ocean Road
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Balloon Rides
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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