17 days in Sydney, Whitsundays & Melbourne Itinerary

17 days in Sydney, Whitsundays & Melbourne Itinerary

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Sydney
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Hamilton Island
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Daydream Island
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Airlie Beach
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Melbourne
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Sydney

— 2 nights

The Harbour City

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 discover tucked-away gems like Manly Scenic Walkway and Virtual Room Sydney - Virtual Reality Sydney Adventure. And it doesn't end there: visit The Rocks, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, look and learn at Sydney Observatory, and stroll through Bondi to Coogee Walk.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Perth to Sydney is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also 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. While traveling from Perth, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can fly to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

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Hamilton Island

— 3 nights
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Passage Peak and Catseye Beach. The adventure continues: go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, bet on your favorite at Go-Kart Racing Track, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and shop like a local with Hamilton Island Art Gallery.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island trip planning website.

Getting from Sydney to Hamilton Island by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Sydney in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Hamilton Island, with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Daydream Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
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Daydream Island

— 3 nights
Daydream Island is known for parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Daydream Island Living Reef.

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Explore your travel options from Hamilton Island to Daydream Island with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 16th (Wed), you'll travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Daydream Island

Parks · Wildlife
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Airlie Beach

— 4 nights

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Explore hidden gems such as Kayaking & Canoeing and Intuitive Massage & Beauty Centre. Step out of Airlie Beach with an excursion to Cape Hillsborough National Park in Cape Hillsborough--about 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront activity at Coral Sea Marina, take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway, head outdoors with Turtle Tours, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Airlie Beach attractions planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Daydream Island to Airlie Beach. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Melbourne.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

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Melbourne

— 3 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 21st (Mon), explore the world behind art at ArtVo, then appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): wander the streets of Collins St/Swanston St, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, then admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building, and finally admire the natural beauty at Carlton Gardens.

Before you visit Melbourne, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Airlie Beach to Melbourne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Airlie Beach in March, expect Melbourne to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods
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