26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Katoomba
— 1 night
train + Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Maleny
— 10 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Dusseldorf

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.
The Rocks and Darling Harbour are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Manly Beach and Camp Cove. Change things up with a short trip to Featherdale Wildlife Park in Blacktown (about 46 minutes away). Spend the 15th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, let the kids burn off some steam at Cremorne Reserve, hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Sydney trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Sydney is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Dusseldorf to Sydney is 9 hours. Traveling from Dusseldorf in December, things will get much hotter in Sydney: highs are around 32°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

1
night
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Katoomba online route builder .

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Katoomba can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

The National Pass
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

2
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.
On the 16th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, then visit a coastal fixture at Fingal Head Lighthouse, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and finally get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at David Fleay Wildlife Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then see the interesting displays at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast travel planning site .

Fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. December in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Fingal Head Lighthouse
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): stop by Belmondos Organic Market, wander the streets of Hastings Street, and then stroll through Noosa Main Beach. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Discover Eumundi Heritage & Visitor Centre, then step into the grandiose world of Sunshine Castle, then take in the dramatic natural features at Mount Coolum, and finally stroll through Peregian Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Noosa trip planner .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Noosa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Maleny.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sunshine Castle, Mount Coolum, Discover Eumundi Heritage & Visitor Centre
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Peregian Beach ©
Peregian Beach
Sunshine Castle ©
Sunshine Castle

10
nights
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Mooloolaba Beach and Bulcock Beach. Get some cultural insight at Chenrezig Institute and Queensland Air Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Maleny: Buderim (Pioneer Cottage Buderim, Buderim Lions Park, & more), Mooloolaba (Scuba & Snorkeling, Dolphin & Whale Watching, & more) and Podie Pie (in Nambour). Spend the 29th (Sat) exploring nature at Kondalilla National Park. The adventure continues: hike along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, see the interesting displays at Mapleton Observatory, take in the exciting artwork at Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, and explore the galleries of Art on Cairncross.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Maleny trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Noosa to Maleny by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Maleny sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Maleny

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Buderim, Montville, Caboolture
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Chenrezig Institute ©
Chenrezig Institute
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

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.
Queensland Art Gallery and Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. 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, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Anglican Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip planner .

Traveling by car from Maleny to Brisbane takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Caloundra
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

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