17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Cairns
— 3 nights
2
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
3
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
4
Hobart
— 3 nights
5
Gold Coast
— 3 nights

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Trinity Beach and Daintree National Park. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda), Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba) and Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove). Spend the 21st (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and identify plant and animal life at Agincourt Reef.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cairns online trip itinerary planner.

Montreal, Canada to Cairns is an approximately 27-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Montreal to Cairns. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Montreal in December; daily highs in Cairns reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Daintree National Park, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Jaques Coffee Plantation, Agincourt Reef
Highlights from your plan
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

2
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Flynn Memorial Uniting Church, thenidentify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, thenidentify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Anzac Hill, steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and then examine the collection at Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum.

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You can fly from Cairns to Alice Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Traveling from Cairns in December, expect nights in Alice Springs to be about the same, around °C, while days are a bit warmer, around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Flinders Chase National Park and Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Paul's Place Wildlife Sanctuary, sample the fine beverages at Kangaroo Island Spirits, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kangaroo Island online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Kangaroo Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Paul's Place Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Paul's Place Wildlife Sanctuary

3
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Battery Point Sculpture Trail and Hobart Convict Penitentiary. Constitution Dock and May Queen will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hobart: The Neck (in Bruny Island) and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton). The adventure continues: sample the tasty concoctions at Cascade Brewery, admire the masterpieces at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, examine the collection at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Hobart day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Kangaroo Island to Hobart in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, train, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Kangaroo Island to Hobart is 0.5 hours. In December in Hobart, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

The Neck, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Hobart Convict Penitentiary ©
Hobart Convict Penitentiary
The Neck ©
The Neck

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): stroll through Greenmount Beach, kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Burleigh Head National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, and then trek along Cape Byron Walking Track.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast travel planner.

Getting from Hobart to Gold Coast by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Hobart in January, with highs in Gold Coast at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cape Byron Walking Track
Highlights from your plan
Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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