17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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Sydney — 3 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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sydney Opera House and Sydney Jewish Museum. There's lots more to do: visit The Rocks, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, stroll around Hyde Park, and get engrossed in the history at Hyde Park Barracks.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sydney attractions planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Sydney is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Sydney. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, you will find days in Sydney are little chillier (22°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to fly to Canberra.
Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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Canberra — 2 nights

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 15th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Bungendore Wood Works Gallery and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Astral Float Studio. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Canberra trip planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Canberra in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in August: high temperatures in Canberra hover around 15°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Melbourne.
Museums · Spas · Shopping · Fun & Games
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Melbourne — 3 nights

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Rippon Lea Estate and St Paul's Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Brighton Beach and Myuna Farm. The adventure continues: indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour and don't miss a visit to Collins St/Swanston St.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Canberra in August since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Perth.
Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trips

Perth — 3 nights

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Discover out-of-the-way places like City Beach and Aviation Heritage Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Scitech and The Queen's Tree. Step out of Perth to go to Sorrento and see Sorrento Beach, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Monument Hill War Memorial, look for gifts at Willie Creek Pearls Elizabeth Quay, and identify plant and animal life at Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Perth day trip website.

You can fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Perth. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in August: highs in Perth hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Brisbane.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums
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Brisbane — 2 nights

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Vuly Play and State Library Of Queensland. Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel) and St. John's Anglican Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of West End, contemplate the long history of Newstead House, and examine the collection at Opal Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane holiday maker tool.

Fly from Perth to Brisbane in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 2 hours. August in Brisbane sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Australia travel guide

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.