26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  25​h
1
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
4
Alice Springs
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Darwin
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Zurich

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Roma Street Parkland and Newstead House. Step out of Brisbane with an excursion to Dreamworld in Coomera--about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane journey tool .

Zurich, Switzerland to Brisbane is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, ferry, and flight. Traveling from Zurich to Brisbane, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Brisbane is warmer than Zurich - with highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Theme Parks, #Fun & Games

Side Trip

Dreamworld
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 23:
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Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld

5
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, wander the streets of The Rocks, and kick back and relax at Coogee Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Sydney trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Congwong Beach
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 28:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Uluru Hiking Path, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then hike along Kuniya Walk, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uluru.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in December: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 42°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Helicopter Tours
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Helicopter Tours
Uluru ©
Uluru

4
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Explore hidden gems such as Alice Springs Desert Park and Anzac Hill. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, explore the striking landscape of Ochre Pits, make a trip to Ormiston Gorge, and stop by Tjanpi Desert Weavers.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Alice Springs

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

3
nights
Darwin

Darwin ©
The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Explore hidden gems such as Litchfield National Park and Wave Lagoon. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience, make a splash at Big Buoy Water Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove, and take in the exciting artwork at Mbantua Fine Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Darwin trip builder .

You can fly from Alice Springs to Darwin in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alice Springs in January, expect nights in Darwin to be a bit warmer, around 29°C, while days are little chillier, around 37°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:
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Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove
Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience
Darwin Wharf Precinct ©
Darwin Wharf Precinct

5
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and Helicopter Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove). Spend the 7th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, and choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cairns road trip planning app .

Getting from Darwin to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Mossman Gorge, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Henry Ross Lookout
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 11:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

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