17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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Start: Mumbai
Fly:  19 h
1
Cairns
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  4 h 45 min
2
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+4
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Foot + Train:  16 h
3
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  21 h 30 min
End: Mumbai

1
night
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.
On the 27th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, explore the galleries of Cairns Art Gallery, and then brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cairns online trip itinerary maker.

Mumbai, India to Cairns is an approximately 18.5- hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mumbai to Cairns is 4.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Mumbai in October, with highs in Cairns at 34°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 27:
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The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum ©
The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral
Cairns Art Gallery ©
Cairns Art Gallery

3
nights
Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Heart Reef as well as Whitsunday Islands. On the 28th (Mon), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands, and then explore the galleries of Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): examine the collection at Proserpine Museum, trek along Whitsunday Great Walk, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Airlie Beach trip website.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Cairns in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Proserpine Museum, Whitsunday Islands
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 30:
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Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Scuba & Snorkeling
Whitsunday Great Walk ©
Whitsunday Great Walk

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kirra Beach and Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse. Get a sense of the local culture at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and The Wax Museum. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Currumbin Beach, and make a trip to Elephant Rock.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Gold Coast day trip planning website.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Airlie Beach to Gold Coast in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in October, expect little chillier with lows of 18°C in Gold Coast. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 3:
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

3
nights
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.
You've now added Dolphin & Whale Watching to your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Wentworth Falls and The Giant Stairway. The Rocks and Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum in Faulconbridge--about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, explore the striking landscape at The Gap Park, and kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sydney driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, The Giant Stairway, Wentworth Falls
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 6:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Let the collections at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit and National Vietnam Veterans Museum capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate William Ricketts Sanctuary and St Paul's Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Art Gallery of Ballarat (in Ballarat), Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (in Pearcedale) and Hanging Rock Reserve (in Woodend). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Dandenong Ranges National Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne itinerary maker app.

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in November, expect little chillier with lows of 11°C in Melbourne. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Art Gallery of Ballarat, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, William Ricketts Sanctuary, Hanging Rock Reserve
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park ©
William Ricketts Sanctuary ©
William Ricketts Sanctuary
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit ©
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit

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