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 Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Agincourt Reef (in Port Douglas), Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba). Spend the 21st (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 24th (Tue) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cairns road trip app.

Montreal, Canada to Cairns is an approximately 27-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Montreal to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Montreal in December, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Agincourt Reef, Daintree National Park, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
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, then identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, then identify 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.

Start your trip to Alice Springs by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

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 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 41°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 Off-Road Tours. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain and sample the fine beverages at Kangaroo Island Spirits.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kangaroo Island day trip planning app.

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

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors
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 Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Hobart Convict Penitentiary 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). There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Constitution Dock, sample the tasty concoctions at Cascade Brewery, see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hobart journey planning website.

You can fly from Kangaroo Island to Hobart in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Kangaroo Island to Hobart is 0.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. 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 33°C and lows at 24°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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