21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly + Drive:  29​h
1
Cowes
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Berlin


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3
nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
You'll get in some beach time at Cape Woolamai Beach and Flynns Beach. Get outdoors at Phillip Island Nature Parks - Koala Conservation Centre and Churchill Island Marine National Park. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Phillip Island Wildlife Park, meet the residents at The Nobbies Centre, step off the mainland to explore Churchill Island, and explore the striking landscape at Pyramid Rock.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cowes trip itinerary builder website .

Berlin, Germany to Cowes is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) is 9 hours. December in Cowes sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Phillip Island, Summerlands, Rhyll, Newhaven, Pyramid Rock
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Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park
Churchill Island ©
Churchill Island
Rhyll Inlet State Wildlife Reserve ©
Rhyll Inlet State Wildlife Reserve

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of the city life by going to Eastern Beach Reserve and Portsea Back Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Ocean Beach and Sorrento Back Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Point Lonsdale Lighthouse (in Point Lonsdale), Pulpit Rock (in Cape Schanck) and Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm (in Main Ridge). Dedicate the 23rd (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: stroll through 13th Beach, admire the verdant scenery at Healesville Sanctuary, and enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Melbourne sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Cowes to Melbourne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of car and train. In December, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Eastern Beach Reserve, 13th Beach, Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm, Ocean Beach, Healesville Sanctuary
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 26:
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Portsea Back Beach ©
Portsea Back Beach
Sorrento Back Beach ©
Sorrento Back Beach
13th Beach ©
13th Beach

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Jenolan Caves and Wentworth Falls. Visit Shelly Beach and Congwong Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown), Blue Mountains (in Katoomba) and Avalon Beach (in Avalon Beach). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Watson's Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Dee Why Beach, and stroll through Camp Cove.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Sydney trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in December, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Shelly Beach, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Congwong Beach, Jenolan Caves
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:
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Clovelly Beach ©
Clovelly Beach
Avalon Beach ©
Avalon Beach
Dee Why Beach ©
Dee Why Beach

5
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Visiting Mossman Gorge and Daintree Discovery Centre will get you outdoors. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, With Sugar, & more), Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan). There's lots more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, have some family-friendly fun at Cairns Kart Hire Track, and let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns day trip site .

Fly from Sydney to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Alexandra Bay Waterfall, Daintree Discovery Centre
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:
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Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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