17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Train + Fly:  24 h
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Mooloolaba
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h 30 min
7
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  25 h
End: London

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Melbourne Museum and Sovereign Hill. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Melbourne Central and Federation Square. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Melbourne sightseeing planner.

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 24- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Melbourne. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from London in December: highs in Melbourne hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sovereign Hill
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then engage your brain at Questacon.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Canberra trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Canberra, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

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.
Shop till you drop at Sydney Fish Market and Brett Whiteley Studio. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Step out of Sydney to go to Faulconbridge and see Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, visit The Rocks, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Canberra to Sydney by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sydney, with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Centre, then stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfers Paradise Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Robina Town Centre ©
Robina Town Centre

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then stroll through Dicky Beach.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Dicky Beach
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach

1
night
Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba ©
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): kick back and relax at Marcoola Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Artisans Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach.

Make your Mooloolaba itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Brisbane to Mooloolaba by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Mooloolaba can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, Marcoola Beach, Artisans Gallery
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach
Artisans Gallery ©
Artisans Gallery

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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Bones and Jones and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti) and Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Mooloolaba to Cairns by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. While traveling from Mooloolaba, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, Safaris
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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