23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  23​h 45​min
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
Mossman
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Townsville
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 45​min
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Frankfurt

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bondi Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. Popular historic sites such as The Rocks and Elizabeth Bay House are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Clovelly, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney day trip planning tool .

Frankfurt, Germany to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Frankfurt in December, expect Sydney to be much hotter, temps between 32°C and 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

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Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
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Sydney Opera House

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll get in some beach time at Eastern Beach Reserve and 13th Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Ocean Beach (in Nelson) and Portsea Back Beach (in Portsea). There's more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne online day trip planner .

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Sydney in December, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Eastern Beach Reserve, 13th Beach, Ocean Beach, Portsea Back Beach
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Ocean Beach ©
Ocean Beach

2
days
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
On the 19th (Wed), get outside with Walpa Gorge, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour. Keep things going the next day: trek along Uluru Hiking Path, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park planning app .

Getting from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. In December, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 42°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Mossman.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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Helicopter Tours
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Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Uluru ©
Uluru
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

3
days
Mossman

Mossman ©
Mossman is a town and a locality in Far North Queensland, Australia, on the Mossman River. Explore hidden gems such as Mossman Gorge and Agincourt Reef. Escape the urban bustle at Daintree National Park and Scuba & Snorkeling.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Mossman road trip planning app .

Explore your travel options from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Mossman with the Route module. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, you will find days in Mossman are a bit cooler (36°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Mossman

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge, Daintree National Park
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

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Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): gain insight at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, then kick back and relax at The Strand, and then take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Townsville trip itinerary planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mossman to Townsville. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Airlie Beach.

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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

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Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Visit Airlie Beach Lagoon and Horseshoe Bay for some beach relaxation. Discover out-of-the-way places like Grays Bay and Spas & Wellness. Change things up with a short trip to Mother Beddock Rock in Bowen (about 1h 20 min away). And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, choose your vessel at Charter Yachts Australia, and kick back and relax at Boathaven Beach.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip maker tool .

You can take a bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

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Bowen
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing

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Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

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Traveling by ferry from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island takes 1.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Airlie Beach in December since evenings lows in Whitsunday Island dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

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days
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Palm Cove Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Trinity Beach and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba), Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton) and The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre (in Atherton). There's lots more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns online trip builder .

You can fly from Whitsunday Island to Cairns in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

Jaques Coffee Plantation, Trinity Beach, The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre, Palm Cove Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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