17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Cairns
— 1 night
2
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
3
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
5
Melbourne
— 4 nights

1
night
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.
On the 27th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, explore the galleries of Cairns Art Gallery, and then brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cairns online trip itinerary maker.

Mumbai, India to Cairns is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mumbai to Cairns is 4.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Mumbai in October, with highs in Cairns at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum ©
The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral
Cairns Art Gallery ©
Cairns Art Gallery

3
nights
Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Heart Reef as well as Whitsunday Islands. On the 28th (Mon), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands, and then explore the galleries of Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): examine the collection at Proserpine Museum, trek along Whitsunday Great Walk, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Airlie Beach trip website.

You can fly from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cairns in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Whitsunday Islands, Proserpine Museum
Highlights from your plan
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Scuba & Snorkeling
Whitsunday Great Walk ©
Whitsunday Great Walk

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Burleigh Head National Park and Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse. Get a sense of the local culture at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and The Wax Museum. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, stroll through Greenmount Beach, and don't miss a visit to Elephant Rock.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast road trip planner.

Fly from Airlie Beach to Gold Coast in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Gold Coast when traveling from Airlie Beach in October, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Highlights from your plan
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

3
nights
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've now added Dolphin & Whale Watching to your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Wentworth Falls and The Giant Stairway. Sydney Opera House and Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum in Faulconbridge--about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of The Rocks, explore the striking landscape at The Gap Park, and kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sydney driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, The Giant Stairway, Wentworth Falls
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway
Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk ©
Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Let the collections at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit and Immigration Museum capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Patrick's Cathedral and St Paul's Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (in Pearcedale), Hanging Rock Reserve (in Woodend) and Art Gallery of Ballarat (in Ballarat). And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Dandenong Ranges National Park, learn about all things military at National Vietnam Veterans Museum, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Melbourne, with lows of °C. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

National Vietnam Veterans Museum, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, William Ricketts Sanctuary, Hanging Rock Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park ©
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit ©
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
Hanging Rock Reserve ©
Hanging Rock Reserve

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