23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Baden-Baden
train + Fly:  26​h
1
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  25​h
End: Baden-Baden

3
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
You'll get in some beach time at Blowhole Beach and Horseshoe Bay. Adelaide Oval and McLaren Vale III Associates are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Adelaide: Morgan Beach (in Cape Jervis) and Granite Island (in Victor Harbor). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Cleland Wildlife Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Seacliff Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at Adelaide Central Market, and meet the residents at Adelaide Zoo.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Adelaide trip planner .

Baden-Baden, Germany to Adelaide is an approximately 26-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Baden-Baden to Adelaide. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Baden-Baden in October, with highs in Adelaide at 26°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Horseshoe Bay, ISKCON Adelaide, McLaren Vale III Associates, Blowhole Beach, Morgan Beach
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 23:
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Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Blowhole Beach ©
Blowhole Beach
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Raptor Domain and Admirals Arch. Visiting Flinders Chase National Park and Seal Bay Conservation Park will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, wander the wide-open spaces of Island Pure Sheep Dairy, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Stokes Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kangaroo Island road trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:
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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Eastern Beach Reserve and St. Kilda Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Melbourne Museum and The Rip. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Healesville Sanctuary (in Healesville), Seville Estate (in Seville) and Sorrento Front Beach (in Sorrento). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, ferry, and car. In October in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Eastern Beach Reserve, Sorrento Front Beach, Healesville Sanctuary, The Rip, Seville Estate
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 29:
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Healesville Sanctuary ©
Healesville Sanctuary

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, then admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, then trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and finally stroll through Bondi Beach. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach and then wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Sydney online tour itinerary 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 October, things will get somewhat warmer in Sydney: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 31:
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Coolangatta Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mooloolaba Beach and Kings Beach. Step out of Brisbane to go to Labrador and see Pelican Feeding, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, explore the world behind art at Gallery of Modern Art, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Black Hops Brewing.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Brisbane trip builder .

Fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Kings Beach, Mooloolaba Beach
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 4:
Highlights from your plan
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Trinity Beach and Mossman Gorge. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Paronella Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman), Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas (in Port Douglas) and Babinda Boulders (in Babinda). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cairns attractions planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Brisbane in November, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Palm Cove Beach, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Babinda Boulders
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 8:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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