23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
5
Brisbane
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
7
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Berlin

2
nights
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.
Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns day trip planning app .

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. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 9 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

3
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas will get you outdoors. Spend the 30th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach and identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 1st (Tue), explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Whitsunday Island takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daily temperatures in Whitsunday Island can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

1
night
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.
On the 2nd (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach journey maker site .

You can ride a ferry from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach in 1.5 hours. In January in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Dicky Beach and Moffat Beach. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, and take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 25°C in Brisbane. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Caloundra
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Step out of the city life by going to Lake McKenzie and Indian Head. We've included these beaches for you: Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island trip planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

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.
Visiting Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sydney travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. When traveling from Fraser Island in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Sydney, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. Take a break from the city and head to Melbourne Zoo and St. Kilda Beach. There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at National Sports Museum, and don't miss a visit to Royal Exhibition Building.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne day trip planner .

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Melbourne, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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