26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Baden-Baden
train + Fly:  38​h
1
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
2
Sydney
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 15​min
3
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Bribie Island
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
5
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  4​h 30​min
6
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
7
Townsville
— 2 nights
8
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly + train:  25​h
End: Baden-Baden

2
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve and Talapi. Explore hidden gems such as Walking tours and Alice Springs Desert Park. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, take an in-depth tour of Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, and explore the striking landscape of Emily Gap.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Alice Springs trip planning app .

Baden-Baden, Germany to Alice Springs is an approximately 38-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Baden-Baden to Alice Springs due to the time zone difference. In January, Alice Springs is warmer than Baden-Baden - with highs of 41°C and lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Trephina Gorge Nature Park
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Walking tours
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre

2
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Featherdale Wildlife Park and Palm Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Art Gallery of New South Wales and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly, about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Watson's Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bronte Beach, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Sydney takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alice Springs in January, you will find days in Sydney are little chillier (32°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bronte Beach, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Palm Beach, Shelly Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman
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Featherdale Wildlife Park ©
Featherdale Wildlife Park
Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Escape the urban bustle at Lake McKenzie and Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eli Creek and Champagne Pools.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Fraser Island online itinerary planner .

Getting from Sydney to Fraser Island by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In January in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Bribie Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

1
night
Bribie Island

Bribie Island ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Bongaree Beach, then see the interesting displays at Bribie Island Seaside Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Woorim Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Bribie Island Community Arts Centre, kick back and relax at Red Beach, and then kick back and relax at Sylvan Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bribie Island trip itinerary builder website .

Explore your travel options from Fraser Island to Bribie Island with the Route module. In January, daily temperatures in Bribie Island can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Bribie Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Bribie Island Seaside Museum ©
Bribie Island Seaside Museum
Bribie Island Community Arts Centre ©

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Above & Below Photography and Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop. Get in touch with nature at Airlie Beach Lagoon and Charter Yachts Australia. Get out of town with these interesting Airlie Beach side-trips: Bowen (Mother Beddock Rock, Grays Bay, & more). It doesn't end there: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and kick back and relax at Boathaven Beach.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bribie Island to Airlie Beach. Traveling from Bribie Island in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Airlie Beach, with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Bowen
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 29:
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): get a tailor-made plan with Big Mama Sailing, then stroll through Geoffrey Bay, and then head off the coast to Magnetic Island Forts Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail and then step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island National Park.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Magnetic Island trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

2
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Museum of Tropical Queensland, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand, and then go for a walk through Castle Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): explore the galleries of The Drill Hall Studio, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of Townsville, then look for all kinds of wild species at Billabong Sanctuary, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James Cathedral.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Townsville road trip planner.

Townsville is just a short distance from Magnetic Island. In January, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Museums Outdoors
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary

5
nights
Cairns

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 get in some beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mossman Gorge and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Change things up with a short trip to Spas & Wellness in Palm Cove (about 30 minutes away). Spend the 5th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and stop by Australian Leather Company.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cairns route planner .

Fly from Townsville to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach
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Mossman Gorge ©
Mossman Gorge
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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