26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
Fly:  24​h
1
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Whitsunday Island
— 2 nights
Travel:  3​h
3
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
4
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Sydney
— 8 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Dusseldorf

6
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Relax by the water at St. Kilda Beach and Half Moon Bay. Head to Melbourne Central and Readings Book Shopfor plenty of shopping. Spend the 10th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, tour the water at your own pace with Melbourne Boat Hire, and take a stroll through Degraves Street.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Melbourne is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Dusseldorf to Melbourne, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, Melbourne is warmer than Dusseldorf - with highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Shopping Parks

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central

2
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Whitsunday Islands National Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island holiday site .

Getting from Melbourne to Whitsunday Island by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in January; daily highs in Whitsunday Island reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

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

1
night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 17th (Thu), tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then kick back and relax at Catseye Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island trip maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Whitsunday Island to Hamilton Island. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach

6
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.
Head to Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza and Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centrefor some retail therapy. Step out of the city life by going to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Burleigh Head National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba) and Surfer's Paradise Beach (in Surfers Paradise). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, stroll through Moffat Beach, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Brisbane sightseeing site .

Traveling by flight from Hamilton Island to Brisbane takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Brisbane when traveling from Hamilton Island in January, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Mooloolaba Beach, Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

8
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.
Visit Manly Beach and Clovelly for some beach relaxation. Shop till you drop at Sydney Fish Market and Opal Minded. Change things up with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly (about 36 minutes away). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, stroll through Coogee Beach, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. You'll set off for home on the 31st (Thu).

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Taronga Zoo
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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