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): view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cairns planning site .

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 changes from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Dusseldorf in December, things will get much hotter in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Adventure Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Whitsunday Island road trip app .

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, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows 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 ©
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): explore the activities along Wanggoolba Creek and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Allom and then don't miss a visit to K'gari.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Fraser Island travel planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Whitsunday Island to Fraser Island takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In December, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Nature Parks
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek
Lake Allom ©
Lake Allom

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.
On the 2nd (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane day trip planner .

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, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and choose your vessel at Melbourne Boat Hire.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online route maker .

Getting from Brisbane to Melbourne by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Brisbane in January, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks 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: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of The Rocks, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sydney, with lows of 23°C. You'll set off for home on the 11th (Fri).

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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