38 days in Australia Itinerary

38 days in Australia Itinerary

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38 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Torquay
— 2 nights
+3
train + bus + Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
5
Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
8
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
9
Alice Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  21​h
End: Zurich

7
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.
Spend the 1st (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sydney sightseeing planning 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. Traveling from Zurich to Sydney, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In November, Sydney is warmer than Zurich - with highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

5
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.
When in Brisbane, make a side trip to see Kondalilla National Park in Montville, approximately 2 hours away. Spend the 5th (Wed) exploring nature at Conondale National Park. There's still lots to do: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, steep yourself in history at Newstead House, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Brisbane route planner.

Fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Brisbane are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. On the 7th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Conondale National Park, Kondalilla National Park
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

6
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 11th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, tour the water at your own pace with Melbourne Boat Hire, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne road trip planning website .

You can fly from Brisbane to Melbourne in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Brisbane in December since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Torquay.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
nights
Torquay

Torquay
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): cruise along The Great Ocean Road.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Torquay travel planning website .

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Torquay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Torquay are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Torquay

#Scenic Drive, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

St Mary of the Angels
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The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road
St Mary of the Angels ©
St Mary of the Angels

2
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
On the 16th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Flinders Chase National Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kangaroo Island trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Torquay to Kangaroo Island takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature
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Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more). Spend the 18th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns road trip website .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, bus, and train. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

4
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Spend the 23rd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 24th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and stop by With Sugar.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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 27th (Thu): hike along Uluru Hiking Path, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uluru. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Walpa Gorge and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in December, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are somewhat warmer (42°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen and then identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Alice Springs road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Alice Springs can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Alice Springs

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, then explore the activities along Swan River, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Perth journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Perth takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Alice Springs to Perth, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Alice Springs in December: high temperatures in Perth hover around 35°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

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