28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

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28 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Whitsunday Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Adelaide
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Alice Springs
— Few hours
taxi + Fly:  2​h
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Frankfurt

5
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 out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Annie's Ladies Boutique). Spend the 25th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns itinerary planner .

Frankfurt, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 9 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Frankfurt in November: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 30:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands National Park.

Make your Whitsunday Island itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Cairns to Whitsunday Island by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in November, Whitsunday Island is slightly colder at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Brisbane.

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): stroll around South Bank Parklands. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then get your game on at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Brisbane sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Whitsunday Island to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in December, you will find days in Brisbane are little chillier (32°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Change things up with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay (about 1h 40 min away). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, admire the striking features of Old Safety Deposit Building, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Melbourne Zoo.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Melbourne attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Melbourne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Melbourne, with lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

4
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Take a break from Adelaide with a short trip to The Cedars in Hahndorf, about 30 minutes away. Dedicate the 10th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at South Australian Museum, steep yourself in history at Adelaide Oval, get to know the resident critters at Adelaide Zoo, and deepen your understanding at National Wine Centre of Australia.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Adelaide trip builder website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Adelaide in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Adelaide, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Adelaide

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trips

The Cedars, Glenelg Pier
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 13:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden

few
hours
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 13th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Tjanpi Desert Weavers and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Alice Springs trip app .

You can fly from Adelaide to Alice Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Adelaide in December; daily highs in Alice Springs reach 41°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Tours Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 14:
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Walking tours
Tjanpi Desert Weavers ©
Tjanpi Desert Weavers

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planning app .

Getting from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In December, daily temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park can reach 42°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, stroll through Manly Beach, take a stroll through The Rocks, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, with highs in Sydney at 32°C and lows at 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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