17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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Start: London
Fly:  24 h
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Vincentia
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Leura
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
8
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  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.
Head to Federation Square and Melbourne Centralfor some retail therapy. Old Melbourne Gaol and Melbourne Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, stop by Australian By Design, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip builder site.

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 24- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 10 hours. Expect much hotter 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 Tours
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, and then identify plant and animal life at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Canberra travel route builder tool.

You can fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Canberra sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Vincentia.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Wildlife Parks
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve ©
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

1
night
Vincentia

Vincentia ©
Vincentia is a town in New South Wales, Australia in the City of Shoalhaven, on the shores of Jervis Bay. Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Murrays Beach, then kick back and relax at Greenfield Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Blenheim Beach, and finally stroll through Collingwood Beach.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Vincentia trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Canberra to Vincentia in 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Leura.

Things to do in Vincentia

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Jervis Bay
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
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Blenheim Beach ©
Blenheim Beach
Greenfield Beach ©
Greenfield Beach
Murrays Beach ©
Murrays Beach

1
night
Leura

Leura ©
Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Lost Bear Gallery, take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, then admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Leura trip maker.

Getting from Vincentia to Leura by car takes about 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Leura

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

The National Pass, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Wentworth Falls, Lost Bear Gallery
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

3
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.
Visiting Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Walk, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Leura to Sydney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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.
On the 29th (Tue), buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Gold Coast using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. In December in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
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.
On the 30th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then stroll through Moffat Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane tour planner.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens

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.
Bones and Jones and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns day trip planner.

Fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in December, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

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

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