26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
train + Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Alice Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Adelaide
— 6 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Dusseldorf

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 a sense of the local culture at St Monica's Cathedral and Samurai Gallery Australia. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Safaris (in Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, and admire the natural beauty at Munro Martin Parklands.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary builder site .

Dusseldorf, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Dusseldorf to Cairns, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Dusseldorf in October; daily highs in Cairns reach 34°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Safaris
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
night
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then see the interesting displays at Hartley Street School Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Alice Springs trip itinerary planning site .

Fly from Cairns to Alice Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 16°C in Alice Springs. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Tours Wildlife Parks
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Hartley Street School Museum ©
Hartley Street School Museum
Walking tours

2
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.
Relax by the water at Dicky Beach and Moffat Beach. Get some cultural insight at Queensland Art Gallery and Customs House. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, stroll around South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Anglican Cathedral.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Brisbane takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Alice Springs, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Brisbane, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

5
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum. You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Blue Mountains National Park (The National Pass & Lincoln's Rock). Spend the 4th (Mon) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, appreciate the history behind Wild Boar Fountain of Good Luck, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Thomas Becket Church.

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You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Sydney Harbour National Park
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Shrine of Remembrance and St Paul's Cathedral. Do some cultural sightseeing at Melbourne Museum and Old Melbourne Gaol. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, admire the natural beauty at Melbourne Zoo, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity College Chapel.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sydney in November since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Balloon Rides
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

6
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Cedars and Langmeil Winery. Your inner history buff will appreciate ISKCON Adelaide and Old Gum Tree Reserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Murray Street Vineyards (in Greenock), Hans Heysen Art Studio (in Hahndorf) and McLaren Vale (Hastwell & Lightfoot Cellar Door, McLaren Vale III Associates, & more). Dedicate the 12th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of South Australian Museum, steep yourself in history at Carrick Hill, kick back and relax at Seacliff Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Carrickalinga Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Adelaide tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Adelaide takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Adelaide are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Adelaide

Wineries Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

McLaren Vale, Hahndorf, Carrickalinga Beach, ISKCON Adelaide, Murray Street Vineyards
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Langmeil Winery ©
Langmeil Winery
Carrickalinga Beach ©
Carrickalinga Beach
Adelaide Oval ©
Adelaide Oval

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