27 days in Australia Itinerary

27 days in Australia Itinerary

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27 days in Australia Itinerary

Zurich
Fly:  23​h 45​min
Sydney
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 30​min
Noosa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h 15​min
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Alice Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Litchfield National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
Jabiru
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Darwin
— Few hours
Fly:  27​h
Zurich

3
days
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Escape the urban bustle at Bondi Beach and Clovelly. Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coogee Beach, and take a stroll through The Rocks.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary maker app .

Zurich, Switzerland to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) is 9 hours. In December, Sydney is much hotter than Zurich - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Fri) before leaving for Fraser Island.

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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
days
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 22nd (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Wanggoolba Creek and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek and then kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

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You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Sydney to Fraser Island in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In December, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. On the 24th (Mon), you'll travel to Noosa.

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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek

2
days
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kings Beach, then browse the exhibits of Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, then get great views at Lows Lookout, and finally kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park and then take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Noosa trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

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Lows Lookout, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, Kings Beach
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park

2
days
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfer's Paradise Beach and then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirra Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip builder .

Getting from Noosa to Gold Coast by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

1
day
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.
On the 29th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, and then snap pictures at Victoria Bridge Abutment.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane road trip planning website .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
Victoria Bridge Abutment ©
Victoria Bridge Abutment

1
day
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island trip itinerary planning tool .

Fly from Brisbane to Hamilton Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Brisbane in December, Hamilton Island is a bit warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): race across the water with a speed boat tour and then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach online itinerary planner .

Getting from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach by ferry takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. December in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Whitsunday Island.

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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Speed Boats Tours

1
day
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Whitsunday Island trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island in 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Whitsunday Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cairns travel route planning website .

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 January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

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Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the galleries of Walkatjara Art, get your bearings at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then stroll through Kuniya Walk, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta.

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You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Cairns in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 43°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

0
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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.
To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs vacation builder tool .

You can 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 January, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Litchfield National Park.

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Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen
The Residency ©
The Residency

1
day
Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park ©
On the 7th (Mon), admire the sheer force of Buley Rockhole.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Litchfield National Park trip builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Alice Springs to Litchfield National Park. When traveling from Alice Springs in January, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Litchfield National Park: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 29°C at night. On the 7th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Jabiru.

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Buley Rockhole ©
Buley Rockhole

2
days
Jabiru

Jabiru ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Cahills Crossing and then delve into the distant past at Ubirr. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Yellow Water, examine the collection at Warradjan Cultural Centre, and then steep yourself in history at Nourlangie Rock.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Jabiru trip itinerary site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Litchfield National Park to Jabiru. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Darwin.

Things to do in Jabiru

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Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock
Cahills Crossing ©
Cahills Crossing

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): examine the collection at Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, then kick back and relax at Mindil Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Darwin trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Jabiru to Darwin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Darwin sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

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Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach

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