17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Shuttle:  26 h
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
3
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: London

2
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then look for gifts at With Sugar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, then get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see photos and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas tour itinerary planner.

London, UK to Port Douglas is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from London in October, you will find days in Port Douglas are much hotter (34°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (23°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take a memorable tour with Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph. Keep things going the next day: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary website.

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In November, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

2
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Jetryder, tour the pleasant surroundings at Catseye Beach, and then make a trip to Passage Peak.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hamilton Island online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Hamilton Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 6th (Fri), you'll travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 6:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

3
nights
Brisbane

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around South Bank Parklands and then admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip builder site.

You can fly from Hamilton Island to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hamilton Island in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Brisbane, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, wander the streets of The Rocks, and kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Sydney journey tool.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. November in Sydney sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 13:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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