12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 45​min
3
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h
4
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
End: Zurich


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3
nights
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Bouddi National Park and Terrigal Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Shelly Beach. Step out of Sydney to go to Gosford and see Australian Reptile Park, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Balmoral Beach, Mosman.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney road trip tool .

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 changes from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. In July, Sydney is little chillier than Zurich - with highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Terrigal Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Bouddi National Park, Australian Reptile Park
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Terrigal Beach ©
Terrigal Beach

1
night
Cairns

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 11th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then look for all kinds of wild species at Birdworld Kuranda, and then kick back and relax at Trinity Beach. On the next day, relax in the rural setting at Jaques Coffee Plantation, experience rural life at Gallo DairyLand, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip planning website .

Fly from Sydney to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in July, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuranda, Trinity Beach, Jaques Coffee Plantation
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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the activities along Eli Creek, admire all the interesting features of Maheno Wreck, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Wanggoolba Creek and then explore the activities along Lake Birrabeen.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Fraser Island trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Cairns to Fraser Island in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cairns in July, with highs in Fraser Island at 26°C and lows at 11°C. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): stroll through Shorncliffe Beach, admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Brisbane trip itinerary app .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Brisbane takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In July, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Room Escape Games
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

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