46 days in Australia Itinerary

46 days in Australia Itinerary

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46 days in Australia Itinerary

Zurich
Fly:  22​h 45​min
Cairns
— 11 nights
Fly:  3​h
Alice Springs
— 10 nights
Fly:  5​h
Darwin
— 12 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Broome
— 10 nights
Fly:  32​h
Zurich

11
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Opal Reef and Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle. Get outdoors at Michaelmas Cay and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton), Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more) and Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more). Spend the 11th (Sat) exploring nature at Curtain Fig National Park. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, relax in the rural setting at Jaques Coffee Plantation, admire the sheer force of Crystal Cascades, and view the masterpieces at Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio.

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Zurich, Switzerland to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 9 hours. Traveling from Zurich in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Cairns, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Cairns

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Mareeba, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Birdworld Kuranda
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Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

10
days
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.
Step out of the city life by going to The Kangaroo Sanctuary and Owen Springs Reserve. Step off the beaten path and head to Finke Gorge National Park and Trephina Gorge Nature Park. There's much more to do: get outside with Simpsons Gap, identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen, and see the interesting displays at Road Transport Hall of Fame.

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Traveling by flight from Cairns to Alice Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cairns in August, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Alice Springs: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Alice Springs

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Red Centre
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Trephina Gorge Nature Park ©
Trephina Gorge Nature Park
Ormiston Gorge ©
Ormiston Gorge

12
days
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.
Visiting Territory Wildlife Park and Litchfield National Park will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility and Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Get out of town with these interesting Darwin side-trips: Litchfield National Park (Florence Falls, Buley Rockhole, & more), Crazy Acres (in Berry Springs) and Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve (in Humpty Doo). Spend the 29th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 1st (Sat) exploring nature at Mary River National Park. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at East Point Reserve, kick back and relax at Mindil Beach, don't miss a visit to Magnetic Termite Mounds, and take in the dramatic natural features at Berry Springs Nature Park.

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You can fly from Alice Springs to Darwin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Alice Springs in August: highs in Darwin hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Broome.

Things to do in Darwin

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Litchfield National Park, Batchelor, Berry Springs, Adelaide River War Cemetery, Mary River National Park
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Territory Wildlife Park ©
Territory Wildlife Park
Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve ©
Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility

10
days
Broome

A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Broome Town Beach will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Staircase To The Moon and Broome Bird Observatory. Spend the 9th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: stroll through Roebuck Bay, kick back and relax at Reddell Beach, don't miss a visit to Gantheaume Point, and tee off at Broome Golf Club.

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Getting from Darwin to Broome by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Darwin in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Broome, with lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Broome

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Broome Town Beach ©
Broome Town Beach
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Broome Bird Observatory

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