17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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Gold Coast
— 4 nights
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Hamilton Island
— 4 nights
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Cairns
— 4 nights
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Sydney
— 4 nights

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Brisbane (Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park, browse the fresh offerings at Sanctuary Markets, kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfers Paradise Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip itinerary builder site.

Melbourne to Gold Coast is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 22°C in Gold Coast. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

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Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Hamilton Island is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, don't miss a visit to Passage Peak, and identify plant and animal life at Whitsunday Islands National Park.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island trip planner.

Fly from Gold Coast to Hamilton Island in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Gold Coast in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 28°C in Hamilton Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

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Cairns

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Four Mile Beach, &more) and Mulgrave Settlers Museum (in Gordonvale). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Fujii Store, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and admire the masterpieces at KickArts Contemporary Arts.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cairns journey builder.

You can fly from Hamilton Island to Cairns in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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Sydney

Sydney ©

The Harbour City

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and visit Darling Harbour.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney day trip app.

Fly from Cairns to Sydney in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in January, expect Sydney to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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