32 days in Australia Itinerary

32 days in Australia Itinerary

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32 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
Fly:  28​h
1
Cow Bay
— 1 day
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  2​h
2
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h 15​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
5
Townsville
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
6
Alice Springs
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Dusseldorf

1
day
Cow Bay

Cow Bay ©
On the 8th (Tue), get curious at Daintree Discovery Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cow Bay Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cow Bay trip itinerary builder app .

Dusseldorf, Germany to Cow Bay is an approximately 28-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Dusseldorf to Cow Bay due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Dusseldorf in January, with highs in Cow Bay at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Cow Bay

#Parks, #Museums, #Beaches

Side Trip

Floravilla Ice Cream Factory
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Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Floravilla Ice Cream Factory ©
Floravilla Ice Cream Factory

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.
St Monica's Cathedral and Underart Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Palm Cove Beach and Helicopter Tours. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas in Port Douglas, approximately 1h 20 min away. Spend the 10th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, admire the landmark architecture of Freshwater Station, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cairns travel route builder .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Cow Bay to Cairns in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and shuttle. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 14th (Mon), stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island route planner .

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. January in Whitsunday Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon. On your second day here, take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway, enjoy the sand and surf at Boathaven Beach, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach trip planner .

Traveling by ferry from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach takes 1.5 hours. In January in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Spas & Wellness
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
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.
National Trust Heritage Centre and The Drill Hall Studio are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as The Strand and Castle Hill. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, explore the striking landscape of Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, and make a trip to Riverway.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Townsville trip planner.

Getting from Airlie Beach to Townsville by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Townsville

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 19:
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The Strand ©
The Strand
National Trust Heritage Centre ©
National Trust Heritage Centre
The Drill Hall Studio ©
The Drill Hall Studio

4
nights
Alice Springs

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve and Yubu Napa Art Gallery. Step off the beaten path and head to Alice Springs Desert Park and Alice Springs Reptile Centre. Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Iranti Art Gallery, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen, shop like a local with Talapi, and admire the masterpieces at Mbantua Fine Art Gallery.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Alice Springs online holiday planner .

Fly from Townsville to Alice Springs in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Townsville, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Alice Springs, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Alice Springs

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Museums

Side Trip

Red Centre
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Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
This is Aboriginal Art ©
This is Aboriginal Art

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get a sense of the local culture at Shrine of Remembrance and Melbourne Museum. Popular historic sites such as Old Melbourne Gaol and St. Patrick's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Captains Creek Organic Wines (in Blampied), Spas & Wellness (in Daylesford) and Ocean Beach (in Nelson). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Federation Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Melbourne (Hare Krishna Temple), and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Alice Springs to Melbourne in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Alice Springs in January: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 32°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Captains Creek Organic Wines, St. Kilda Beach, Spas & Wellness, Ocean Beach, Eastern Beach Reserve
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 30:
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Spas & Wellness
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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 a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Australian National Maritime Museum. Justice & Police Museum and Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sydney road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in January, with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 5:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour

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