18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Stuttgart
Fly + Drive:  32​h
1
Ascot
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Bairnsdale
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Albury
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Fly + train:  27​h
End: Stuttgart

2
nights
Ascot

Ascot ©
Head to Maldon Market and Aesop's Attic Bookshopfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Ascot: Cairn Curran Reservoir (in Welshmans Reef), A Market at Hanging Rock (in Woodend) and Portal 108 (in Hepburn Springs). The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at Castlemaine Vintage Bazaar, stop by Castlemaine Farmers' Market, and admire the natural beauty at Lambley Nursery.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ascot trip itinerary planning tool .

Stuttgart, Germany to Ascot is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bairnsdale.

Things to do in Ascot

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trips

Castlemaine, A Market at Hanging Rock, Maldon Market, Cairn Curran Reservoir, Portal 108
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Lambley Nursery ©
Lambley Nursery
Portal 108 ©
Portal 108
Aesop's Attic Bookshop ©
Aesop's Attic Bookshop

2
nights
Bairnsdale

Bairnsdale ©
Head to Bairnsdale at any time of year to discover a busy regional centre from which to explore the vast Gippsland Lakes and spectacular Ninety Mile Beach, or the alpine highlights of Omeo, Dinner Plain and Mount Hotham.
Take a break from the city and head to Lakes Entrance Beach and The Lakes National Park. When in Bairnsdale, make a side trip to see Gippsland Lakes in Lakes Entrance, approximately 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: look for gifts at Tasters Wine and Foods, learn about winemaking at Nicholson River Winery, grab your bike and head to East Gippsland Rail Trail, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Catholic Church.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bairnsdale trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ascot to Bairnsdale in 5.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Bairnsdale are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Albury.

Things to do in Bairnsdale

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Lakes Entrance, Anderson Inlet, The Lakes National Park, Nicholson River Winery
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Gippsland Lakes ©
Gippsland Lakes
The Lakes National Park ©
The Lakes National Park
East Gippsland Rail Trail ©
East Gippsland Rail Trail

3
nights
Albury

Albury ©
Albury, a major regional city in New South Wales, Australia, is located on the Hume Highway and the northern side of the Murray River. Take a break from the city and head to Tolpuddle Goat Cheese and Farm Foods and Murray River Trail. Do your shopping at Beechworth Honey Experience and Myer Centrepoint. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Albury: Gallery 294 (in Corowa), Eldorado Dredge (in Eldorado) and Wahgunyah (Pfeiffer Wines & St Leonards Vineyard). It doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Albury Botanic Garden and browse the collection at Lavington Library.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Albury online trip maker .

You can drive from Bairnsdale to Albury in 5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bairnsdale in January: high temperatures in Albury hover around 38°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Albury

Parks Shopping Wineries

Side Trips

Wahgunyah, Beechworth Honey Experience, Eldorado Dredge, Tolpuddle Goat Cheese and Farm Foods, Gallery 294
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Albury Botanic Garden ©
Albury Botanic Garden
Pfeiffer Wines ©
Pfeiffer Wines
Tolpuddle Goat Cheese and Farm Foods ©

6
nights
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.
Visiting Surfer's Paradise Beach and Burleigh Head National Park will get you outdoors. Shop till you drop at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre (in Biggera Waters) and Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, and stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Brisbane trip planner .

Getting from Albury to Brisbane by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Albury in January, you will find days in Brisbane are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are a bit warmer (25°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Mooloolaba Beach, Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza, Moffat Beach
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

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