24 days in Australia Itinerary

24 days in Australia Itinerary

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24 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dresden
+2
train + bus + Fly:  28​h
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Brisbane
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
5
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h
6
Whitsunday Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
7
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Dresden

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 8th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, get lost in a book at State Library of Victoria, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip builder tool .

Dresden, Germany to Melbourne is an approximately 28-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Dresden in August; daily highs in Melbourne reach 16°C and lows reach 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, Sydney is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

4
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Gold Coast is known for theme parks, beaches, shopping, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, cool off at Dreamworld, and meet the residents at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast day trip app .

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Eli Creek and then kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Fraser Island itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest

2
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Whitsunday Island is known for beaches and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet, and head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands National Park.

Start your trip to Whitsunday Island by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Whitsunday Island in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 21st (Fri), you're off toCairns.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

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 out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Safaris). Spend the 24th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cairns tour itinerary maker .

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Cairns by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Cairns when traveling from Whitsunday Island in August, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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