17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Cairns
— 2 nights
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
3
Melbourne
— 5 nights
4
Sydney
— 4 nights

2
nights
Cairns

Cairns ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Historic Village Herberton and Michaelmas Cay. Visiting Josephine Falls and Photography Tours will get you outdoors. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda), The Crystal Caves (in Atherton) and Millaa Millaa Falls (in Millaa Millaa). There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, look for gifts at OK Gift Shop, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and trek along Wrights Lookout.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary maker website.

Milwaukee, USA to Cairns is an approximately 26-hour flight. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Milwaukee to Cairns due to the time zone difference. In September, Cairns is a bit warmer than Milwaukee - with highs of 83°F and lows of 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kuranda, The Crystal Caves, Historic Village Herberton, Millaa Millaa Falls
Highlights from your plan
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay

2
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) and Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel) are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Museum of Brisbane and The Workshops Rail Museum. Spend the 7th (Sat) with some fine spirits on a distillery tour. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, ponder the world of politics at City Hall, take in the pleasant sights at New Farm River Walk, and have some family-friendly fun at 9D Action Cinemas.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in September, expect Brisbane to be slightly colder, temps between 75°F and 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Brisbane

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

The Workshops Rail Museum
Highlights from your plan
Distillery Tours
Museum of Brisbane ©
Museum of Brisbane
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) ©
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail)

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St Paul's Cathedral and St Patrick's Cathedral. Step off the beaten path and head to Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park and Australian Sports Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Truemans Golf Range (in Fingal), Panorama Garden Estate (in Boneo) and Brighton Beach (in Brighton). And it doesn't end there: join the crowd at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, learn about winemaking at Quealy Winemakers, tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Kilda Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wendouree.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne online vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Melbourne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Brisbane in September, with highs in Melbourne at 63°F and lows at 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballarat, Truemans Golf Range, Panorama Garden Estate, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Phillip Island Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park ©
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit ©
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island 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.
You'll explore and learn at Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame and Hyde Park Barracks. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Mary's Cathedral and Sydney Town Hall. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park (in Blacktown), Hartley Historic Village (in Little Hartley) and Sublime Point Lookout (in Leura). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, don't miss a visit to UTS Dr Chau Chak Wing Building (CB08), get lost in a book at State Library of New South Wales, and explore the stunning scenery at Lincoln's Rock.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, Sydney is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 71°F and lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park, Lincoln's Rock, Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame, Hartley Historic Village, Sublime Point Lookout
Highlights from your plan
Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park ©
Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral

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