35 days in Australia Itinerary

35 days in Australia Itinerary

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35 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Townsville
— 3 nights
ferry:  30​min
3
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
6
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Cooktown
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
8
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
9
Nambucca Heads
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
10
Blue Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Berlin


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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Get a sense of the local culture at Bones and Jones and Doongal Aboriginal Art. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove--about 32 minutes away. There's more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours and tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary maker app .

Berlin, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Berlin to Cairns, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In July in Cairns, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Strand and Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium. Get in touch with nature at Castle Hill and Little Crystal Creek. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Museum of Tropical Queensland, view the masterpieces at The Drill Hall Studio, and pause for some serene contemplation at St James Cathedral.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Townsville vacation maker site .

Fly from Cairns to Townsville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Townsville, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Castle Hill
Castle Hill
The Strand ©
The Strand
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
On the 20th (Fri), step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island Forts Walk, then identify plant and animal life at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail, and then look for gifts at Magnetic Island Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Geoffrey Bay, then head off the coast to Magnetic Island National Park, and then choose your vessel at Pilgrim Sailing.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Magnetic Island trip planner .

Magnetic Island is just a short distance from Townsville. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park
Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Airlie Beach Lagoon and Charter Yachts Australia. Step out of the city life by going to Kayaking & Canoeing and Grays Bay. When in Airlie Beach, make a side trip to see Horseshoe Bay in Bowen, approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitsunday Great Walk, view the masterpieces at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, and stop by Whitsunday Opals.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach travel route builder site .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus. When traveling from Magnetic Island in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Bowen
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing
Charter Yachts Australia ©
Charter Yachts Australia

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island road trip planning site .

You can ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Airlie Beach in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Whitsunday Island, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

4
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Janbal Gallery and Des Spencer Galleries. Escape the urban bustle at Agincourt Reef and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Spend the 28th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 29th (Sun) exploring nature at Mowbray National Park. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, stop by With Sugar, and learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas road trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Whitsunday Island to Port Douglas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Port Douglas when traveling from Whitsunday Island in July, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mossman, Mossman Gorge
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Mossman Gorge ©
Mossman Gorge
Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

2
nights
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Black Mountain National Park, identify plant and animal life at Great Northern Tours, then stroll through Finch Bay, and finally don't miss a visit to Grassy Hill. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of James Cook Museum, then steep yourself in history at Cooktown History Centre, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cooktown holiday maker site .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cooktown in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cooktown

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Black Mountain National Park
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Great Northern Tours ©
Great Northern Tours
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum
Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Get in touch with nature at Lake McKenzie and Indian Head. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Fraser Island road trip planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cooktown to Fraser Island. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nambucca Heads.

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

3
nights
Nambucca Heads

Nambucca Heads ©
Nambucca Heads is a town on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia in Nambucca Shire. Step off the beaten path and head to Korogoro Walking Track and Coffs Harbour Butterfly House. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Smoky Cape Lighthouse and Frank Partridge VC Military Museum. Explore Nambucca Heads' surroundings by going to South West Rocks (Trial Bay Gaol & Maritime Museum South West Rocks), Raleigh Vineyard & Winery (in Raleigh) and Yarriabini National Park (in Stuarts Point). There's still lots to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Korora Lookout and trek along Nyambagga Walking Trail.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nambucca Heads trip planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fraser Island to Nambucca Heads. While traveling from Fraser Island, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nambucca Heads, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Blue Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Nambucca Heads

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

South West Rocks, Coffs Harbour, Korogoro Walking Track, Raleigh Vineyard & Winery, Frank Partridge VC Military Museum
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Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House
Korora Lookout ©
Korora Lookout
Trial Bay Gaol ©
Trial Bay Gaol

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nights
Blue Mountains National Park

Blue Mountains National Park ©
This is the official community page for Blue Mountains National Park. Get some cultural insight at The National Pass and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Jenolan Caves and Pulpit Rock Lookout. When in Blue Mountains National Park, make a side trip to see Turon National Park in Capertee, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's more to do: trek along Grand Canyon track and take some stellar pictures from Lincoln's Rock.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Blue Mountains National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nambucca Heads to Blue Mountains National Park. Traveling from Nambucca Heads in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 5°C in Blue Mountains National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Blue Mountains National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Jenolan Caves, Turon National Park, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
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Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Bondi Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. Spend the 13th (Mon) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Peter Julian's Church, and explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

To find out how to plan a trip to Sydney, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Blue Mountains National Park to Sydney in 2.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Blue Mountains National Park in August since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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