13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  31​h
1
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  11​h 30​min
2
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  33​h
End: Frankfurt

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then admire all the interesting features of Maheno Wreck.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Fraser Island online day trip planner .

Frankfurt, Germany to Fraser Island is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 9 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Frankfurt in January, with highs in Fraser Island at 36°C and lows at 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

2
nights
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.
Alice Springs is known for wildlife, museums, historic sites, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, appreciate the views at Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve, and look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Alice Springs takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fraser Island in January: highs in Alice Springs hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Walking tours
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

2
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.
On the 10th (Fri), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, then have fun at Muddy's Playground, then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and finally have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip builder site .

Fly from Alice Springs to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Alice Springs in January: highs in Cairns hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Adventure Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

3
nights
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 12th (Sun): get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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