17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Bengaluru

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Dandenong Ranges National Park and Panorama Garden Estate. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Point Nepean National Park and Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. There's more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip site .

Bengaluru, India to Melbourne is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Traveling from Bengaluru in December, expect little chillier with lows of 14°C in Melbourne. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Point Nepean National Park, Dandenong Ranges National Park, Panorama Garden Estate
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Dandenong Ranges National Park ©
Dandenong Ranges National Park
Point Nepean National Park ©
Point Nepean National Park

3
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and The Giant Stairway. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Manly Scenic Walkway and Sublime Point Lookout. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Wentworth Falls in Katoomba--about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, walk around Nielsen Park, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Balmoral Beach, Mosman.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney road trip tool .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, The Giant Stairway, Sublime Point Lookout, Wentworth Falls
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

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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 Cape Byron Walking Track and Burleigh Heads Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Coolangatta Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Explore Gold Coast's surroundings by going to Victoria Park Nature Reserve (in Alstonville), Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Byron Bay) and Lennox Head Beach (in Lennox Head). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Springbrook National Park, browse the different shops at Robina Town Shopping Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirra Beach, and get outside with Pelican Feeding.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Lennox Head Beach, Victoria Park Nature Reserve
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Springbrook National Park ©
Springbrook National Park

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Opal Reef. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Josephine Falls. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Samurai Gallery Australia, and stop by Opal Time.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in December, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Opal Reef, Opal Time
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay

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