22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
Fly:  24​h
1
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
3
Byron Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Dusseldorf

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eastern Beach Reserve and Ballarat Wildlife Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Melbourne Museum and Shrine of Remembrance. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Ballarat (Lake Wendouree & Art Gallery of Ballarat) and Spas & Wellness (in Daylesford). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and make a trip to Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner .

Dusseldorf, Germany to Melbourne is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Dusseldorf to Melbourne. Traveling from Dusseldorf in July, you will find days in Melbourne are cooler (15°C), and nights are little chillier (6°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Ballarat, Eastern Beach Reserve
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kiama Blowhole and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get some cultural insight at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Appleshack at Glenbernie Orchard (in Darkes Forest) and Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba). Spend the 19th (Fri) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, and trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney online tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in July, you will find days in Sydney are somewhat warmer (21°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Appleshack at Glenbernie Orchard, Kiama Blowhole, Wentworth Falls, Sydney Harbour National Park
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

4
nights
Byron Bay

Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Take a break from the city and head to Bundjalung National Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kayaking & Canoeing and Whian Whian State Conservation Area. Change things up with a short trip to Nimbin Rocks in Nimbin (about 54 minutes away). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Belongil Beach, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and stop by Truly Tea.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay sightseeing planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Byron Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Lennox Head Beach, Whian Whian State Conservation Area, Broken Head Nature Reserve, Nimbin Rocks, Bundjalung National Park
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lennox Head Beach ©
Lennox Head Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Coolangatta Beach and Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Get some cultural insight at Museum of Brisbane and Albert Street Uniting Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Kings Beach (in Caloundra), Maleny Dairies (in Maleny) and Cougal Cascades (in Currumbin). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Kirra Beach, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, make a trip to City Hall, and explore and take pictures at Suncorp Stadium.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane road trip site .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Byron Bay in July, Brisbane is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Maleny, Kings Beach
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

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