31 days in Australia Itinerary

31 days in Australia Itinerary

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31 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Hannover
train + Fly:  25​h
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
3
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  12​h 45​min
4
Torquay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 7 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  27​h
End: Hannover

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove), Safaris (in Port Douglas) and Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation). The adventure continues: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, and take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cairns travel itinerary planner .

Hannover, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 9 hours. Traveling from Hannover in December, things will get much hotter in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Cape Tribulation, Safaris, Trinity Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 20th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitehaven Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Whitsunday Island takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. December in Whitsunday Island sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Relax by the water at Indian Head and Eli Creek. Take a break from the city and head to Lake McKenzie and Wanggoolba Creek.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Fraser Island tour app .

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Whitsunday Island to Fraser Island takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Torquay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

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

2
nights
Torquay

Torquay
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Eastern Beach Reserve and Portsea Back Beach. Visiting The Great Ocean Road and Bells Beach will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Lorne Beach (in Lorne) and Point Lonsdale Lighthouse (in Point Lonsdale).

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Torquay trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, flight, and bus from Fraser Island to Torquay takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Fraser Island in December, things will get little chillier in Torquay: highs are around 29°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lorne Beach, Point Lonsdale Lighthouse, Portsea Back Beach, Eastern Beach Reserve
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The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Lorne Beach ©
Lorne Beach

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Melbourne Zoo and St. Kilda Beach. Shrine of Remembrance and Trinity College Chapel will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sandridge Beach, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne sightseeing planning app .

You can drive from Torquay to Melbourne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

7
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.
The Rocks and Darling Harbour are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk and Olympia Milk Bar for their historical value. Spend the 10th (Fri) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, stroll through Clovelly, and make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sydney travel planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sydney, with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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