21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Townsville
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 45​min
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
5
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  10​h 30​min
7
Peterborough
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Berlin

2
nights
Cairns

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 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cairns online tour planner .

Berlin, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Berlin to Cairns. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Palm Cove Beach
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Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Spas & Wellness
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the galleries of The Drill Hall Studio, enjoy some diversion at Tobruk Memorial Baths, then kick back and relax at The Strand, and finally make a trip to Jezzine Barracks. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Maritime Museum of Townsville, then identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, and then take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Townsville online itinerary builder .

Fly from Cairns to Townsville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Jezzine Barracks ©
Jezzine Barracks
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island day trip tool .

Traveling by train from Townsville to Whitsunday Island takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Townsville in January since evenings lows in Whitsunday Island dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

3
nights
Airlie Beach

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Airlie Beach Lagoon and Grays Bay. There's much more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, choose your vessel at Queensland Yacht Charters, get a new perspective on things with Whitsunday Boat Hire, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip itinerary app .

Traveling by bus from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In January in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Transportation

Side Trip

Grays Bay
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing
Queensland Yacht Charters ©
Queensland Yacht Charters

3
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Catseye Beach. There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, view the masterpieces at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, head outdoors with Jetryder, and explore and take pictures at Go-Kart Racing Track.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island takes an hour. In January in Hamilton Island, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Go-Kart Racing Track ©
Go-Kart Racing Track

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Watson's Bay and Manly Scenic Walkway. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown) and Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Manly Freshwater Parish, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Hamilton Island to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Sydney when traveling from Hamilton Island in January, with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Peterborough.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Manly Freshwater Parish, Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Watsons Bay ©
Watsons Bay
Manly Freshwater Parish ©
Manly Freshwater Parish
Speed Boats Tours

1
day
Peterborough

Peterborough ©
Peterborough is a town on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia; approximately three hours' drive from Melbourne.HistoryThe town was believed to have been founded when the schooner SS Schomberg was wrecked in the middle of the 19th century, though the town was not sufficiently populated to justify a Post Office until 10 April 1890. On the 18th (Fri), explore the activities along Bay of Martyrs, then let the kids burn off some steam at Peterborough Foreshore Playground, and then take in the views from Timboon Rail Trestle Bridge.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Peterborough trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Peterborough takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Peterborough

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trip

Timboon Rail Trestle Bridge
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Bay of Martyrs ©
Bay of Martyrs
Timboon Rail Trestle Bridge ©
Timboon Rail Trestle Bridge

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Eastern Beach Reserve. Step out of Melbourne to go to Lara and see Lara Heritage and Historical Museum, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, get lost in a book at State Library of Victoria, steep yourself in history at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at Federation Square.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Melbourne travel tool .

Getting from Peterborough to Melbourne by car takes about 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Eastern Beach Reserve, Lara Heritage and Historical Museum
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Lara Heritage and Historical Museum ©

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