23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly:  24​h
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 15​min
2
Fraser Island
— 5 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Copenhagen


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4
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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 24th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. It doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Shaolin Junk Cruises and take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

Discover how to plan a Cairns trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Copenhagen in December, things will get much warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Shaolin Junk Cruises
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Take a break from the city and head to Lake McKenzie and Indian Head.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island road trip tool .

Getting from Cairns to Fraser Island by combination of flight, car, and ferry takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Cairns in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Fraser Island, with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile 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.
Get outdoors at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Step out of Sydney to go to Katoomba and see Wentworth Falls, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Spend the 4th (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's much more to do: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary builder .

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. Traveling from Fraser Island in January, you will find days in Sydney are a bit cooler (32°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Sydney Harbour National Park
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

6
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Take a break from the city and head to Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Boat Hire. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Koala Conservation Centre (in Cowes). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, trek along Fitzroy Aboriginal Heritage Walking Trail, have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne road trip planner.

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sydney in January since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 17°C. You'll set off for home on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Koala Conservation Centre, The Great Ocean Road
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Balloon Rides
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre

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