28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

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28 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Hamburg
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
+4
shuttle + Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  11​h 30​min
3
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
St Kilda
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Hamburg

3
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. There's lots more to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cairns vacation planner.

Hamburg, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Hamburg to Cairns is 9 hours. Traveling from Hamburg in October, expect Cairns to be much hotter, temps between 34°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

4
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. Spend the 29th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 31st (Wed) exploring nature at Mowbray National Park. It doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas road trip website .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. October in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Visit Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Lake McKenzie and Sandy Cape Lighthouse.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Fraser Island attractions app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, ferry, and car from Port Douglas to Fraser Island takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, car, and ferry. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Port Douglas in November since evenings lows in Fraser Island dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Dicky Beach and Moffat Beach. Visiting Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Captain Cook Highway will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, and take in the views from Victoria Bridge Abutment.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Fraser Island to Brisbane by combination of car and ferry takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In November, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Relax by the water at Burleigh Heads Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Surfer's Paradise Beach and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, stroll through Tugun Beach, and buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast journey planner .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to St Kilda.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

1
day
St Kilda

St Kilda ©
St Kilda is an inner suburb (neighbourhood) of the metropolitan area of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 6 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Kilda Beach, kick back and relax at Brighton Beach, and then kick back and relax at Elwood Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our St Kilda trip itinerary planning app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Gold Coast to St Kilda in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. In November, St Kilda is slightly colder than Gold Coast - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in St Kilda

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Brighton Beach, Elwood Beach
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
Elwood Beach ©
Elwood Beach

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Floriade, take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and then get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Canberra itinerary site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from St Kilda to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from St Kilda in November: highs in Canberra hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Floriade ©
Floriade
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia

6
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.
Get outdoors at Bondi Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. Relax by the water at Manly Beach and Coogee Beach. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Manly to see Shelly Beach about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through The Rocks, enjoy the sand and surf at Dee Why Beach, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sydney journey maker site .

Getting from Canberra to Sydney by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Canberra in November, Sydney is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Highlights from your plan
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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