17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia itinerary planner

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Melbourne
— 3 nights
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Cairns
— 3 nights
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
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Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive
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Byron Bay
— 3 nights
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Sydney
— 4 nights

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Melbourne

— 3 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Australian Sports Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, and appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planner.

Sydney to Melbourne is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in September, things will get little chillier in Melbourne: highs are around 20°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Cairns

— 3 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Safaris). Spend the 3rd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cairns online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Melbourne in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 34°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Brisbane

— 2 nights

Australia's New World City

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then stroll around South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River, and then take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Brisbane trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Cairns to Brisbane by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairns in October: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 29°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Gold Coast

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, then take a memorable tour with GC Jet Boat & Parasail, and then test your problem-solving skills at Padlockd Escape Rooms.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Theme Parks

Byron Bay

— 3 nights
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Byron Bay: Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum (in Ballina) and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Byron Bay Ballooning, take in the exciting artwork at Lone Goat Gallery, trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, and explore the galleries of Craig Parry Photography.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Byron Bay road trip website.

Getting from Gold Coast to Byron Bay by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Byron Bay when traveling from Gold Coast in October, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Sydney

— 4 nights

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: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and take a stroll through The Rocks.

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

Getting from Byron Bay to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October in Sydney, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.