24 days in Australia Itinerary

24 days in Australia Itinerary

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24 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 12 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Berlin

12
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Paronella Park (in Mena Creek), Tolga Historical Society and Museum (in Tolga) and Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Cairns road trip app .

Berlin, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Berlin to Cairns, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Tolga Historical Society and Museum, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach, Paronella Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and finally stop by With Sugar. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. December in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Sydney in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Port Douglas in December, with highs in Sydney at 32°C and lows at 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

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

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 15th (Sun), get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and then have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, Melbourne is a bit cooler at night with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): explore the activities along Swan River, then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, and then appreciate the history behind State War Memorial.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Perth tour builder .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Perth takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Perth. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: highs in Perth hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
State War Memorial ©
State War Memorial

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