17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia planner

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Bus to Larnaca, Fly to Sydney
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Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly
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Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly to Cairns, Shuttle to Cairns
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Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly to Larnaca, Bus to Paphos

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Sydney

— 6 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bondi to Coogee Walk and Manly Beach. Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park in Blacktown, approximately Blacktown away. There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner.

Paphos, Cyprus to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Paphos to Sydney, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Sydney is somewhat warmer than Paphos - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast

— 3 nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Surfers Paradise Beach. Kids will enjoy Sea World Theme Park and Burleigh Heads Beach. And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, experience the excitement of Infinity Attraction, and enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip builder.

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Cairns

— 5 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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Annie's at the Beach (in Palm Cove), Port Douglas (Opal Reef, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, &more) and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, have fun at Muddy's Playground, have some family-friendly fun at Cairns Kart Hire Track, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Cairns Aquarium.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cairns online sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Gold Coast to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Gold Coast in December, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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.