16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
train + Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
3
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Dusseldorf

1
night
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 28th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip maker app .

Dusseldorf, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 9 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Dusseldorf in December: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Adventure Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

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Fly from Cairns to Whitsunday Island in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Whitsunday Island can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): explore the activities along Wanggoolba Creek and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then explore the activities along Lake Allom.

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You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Whitsunday Island to Fraser Island in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. December in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then have fun at South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

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Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Brisbane takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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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

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Melbourne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in January, Melbourne is little chillier at night with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

5
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

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You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, Sydney is a bit warmer at night with lows of 23°C. On the 11th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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