17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  26​h
1
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Bairnsdale
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

3
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Brisbane River, Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha and Australia Zoo. Next up on the itinerary: walk around South Bank Parklands and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane vacation maker tool .

London, UK to Brisbane is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from London in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Brisbane: highs are around 29°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

Australia Zoo
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo

1
night
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse, trek along Coastal walk, and then make a trip to Breakwall Waking Path.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Port Macquarie trip site .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Port Macquarie takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Brisbane in October: highs in Port Macquarie hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse

2
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.
On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get interesting insight from Tours, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and then explore the striking landscape at The Gap Park.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In October in Sydney, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bairnsdale.

Things to do in Sydney

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

few
hours
Melbourne

Melbourne
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In October, Melbourne is little chillier than Sydney - with highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C. On the 11th (Fri), you'll travel to Bairnsdale.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Tours
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2
nights
Bairnsdale

Bairnsdale ©
Head to Bairnsdale at any time of year to discover a busy regional centre from which to explore the vast Gippsland Lakes and spectacular Ninety Mile Beach, or the alpine highlights of Omeo, Dinner Plain and Mount Hotham.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St Mary's Catholic Church and Sale Common Nature Conservation Reserve. There's lots more to do: walk around Nyerimilang Heritage Park, do a tasting at Lightfoot & Sons Wines, let little ones run wild at East Gippsland All Abilities Playground, and look for gifts at Tasters Wine and Foods.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bairnsdale trip planning tool .

Drive from Melbourne to Bairnsdale in 3.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Bairnsdale

Parks Fun & Games Outdoors

Side Trips

Mitchell River Silt Jetties, Nyerimilang Heritage Park, Sale Common Nature Conservation Reserve
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Nyerimilang Heritage Park ©
Nyerimilang Heritage Park
St Mary's Catholic Church ©
St Mary's Catholic Church
Mitchell river walk ©
Mitchell river walk

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
Explore hidden gems such as National Rhododendron Gardens and Beer Tastings & Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: Geelong Adventure Specialists (in Geelong) and Panorama Garden Estate (in Boneo). See even more of Melbourne: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Paul's Cathedral, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and steep yourself in history at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Melbourne itinerary maker site .

Getting from Bairnsdale to Melbourne by car takes about 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

National Rhododendron Gardens, Geelong Adventure Specialists, Panorama Garden Estate
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Geelong Adventure Specialists ©
Geelong Adventure Specialists
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Beer Tastings & Tours

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