12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Hamburg
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 1 day
Fly + taxi:  2​h
2
Eden
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Lakes Entrance
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Jervis Bay
— 1 night
train:  4​h 15​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Hamburg

1
day
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 1st (Tue), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne day trip website .

Hamburg, Germany to Melbourne is an approximately 25-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 (Victoria) (AEST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Hamburg in January, expect Melbourne to be much warmer, temps between 32°C and 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Eden.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Eureka Skydeck 88 ©
Eureka Skydeck 88

2
nights
Eden

Eden
Eden is a coastal town in the South Coast region of New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): see the interesting displays at Killer Whale Museum, then take a leisurely stroll along The Merimbula Boardwalk, then kick back and relax at Short Point Recreation Reserve, and finally kick back and relax at Pambula Beach. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Ben Boyd National Park.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Eden online attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Melbourne to Eden takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Melbourne in January: highs in Eden hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lakes Entrance.

Things to do in Eden

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Merimbula, Pambula Beach, Ben Boyd National Park
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1
night
Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance ©
Lakes Entrance is a seaside resort and fishing port in eastern Victoria, Australia. On the 4th (Fri), explore the activities along Gippsland Lakes and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakes Entrance Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Lakes Entrance trip maker .

You can drive from Eden to Lakes Entrance in 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Lakes Entrance can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Jervis Bay.

Things to do in Lakes Entrance

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Lakes Entrance Beach ©
Lakes Entrance Beach
Gippsland Lakes ©
Gippsland Lakes

1
night
Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay ©
A trip to Jervis Bay will take you to the southern coast of New South Wales, known for allegedly boasting some of the whitest sands in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bendalong Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nelson Beach. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Blenheim Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Murrays Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hyams Beach.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Jervis Bay online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Lakes Entrance to Jervis Bay takes 7.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Lakes Entrance in January since evenings lows in Jervis Bay dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can take a train to Sydney.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Bendalong Beach
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Bendalong Beach ©
Bendalong Beach
Blenheim Beach ©
Blenheim Beach
Nelson Beach ©
Nelson Beach

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shelly Beach and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. Step out of the city life by going to Manly Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, stroll through Clovelly, and enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sydney itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by train from Jervis Bay to Sydney takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Jervis Bay in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Shelly Beach
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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