17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
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Cairns
— 3 nights
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Sydney
— 5 nights
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Melbourne
— 4 nights
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Perth
— 2 nights
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Port Douglas — 2 nights

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.
On the 21st (Wed), get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip itinerary maker tool.

Hyderabad, India to Port Douglas is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4.5 hours traveling from Hyderabad to Port Douglas. Traveling from Hyderabad in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 26°C in Port Douglas. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cairns.
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Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Cairns — 3 nights

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.
Spend the 23rd (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 24th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planning site.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Sydney.
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Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Trails

Sydney — 5 nights

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, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip website.

You can fly from Cairns to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, Sydney is a bit cooler than Cairns - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can fly to Melbourne.
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Melbourne — 4 nights

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for sightseeing, shopping, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, stroll through St. Kilda Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Melbourne itinerary website.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect little chillier with lows of 14°C in Melbourne. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to fly to Perth.
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Perth — 2 nights

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 4th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Fremantle Prison, walk around Windsor Park, and then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Perth day trip website.

Getting from Melbourne to Perth by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect nights in Perth to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.
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