36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
train + Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Tinaroo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Innisfail
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Townsville
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
8
Yeppoon
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
9
Maryborough
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
Glass House Mountains
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
12
Caloundra
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
13
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  26​h
End: Dusseldorf


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5
nights
Cairns

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.
Head to Rusty's Market and Underart Galleryfor some retail therapy. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Trinity Beach and Josephine Falls. Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Spas & Wellness & Kayaking & Canoeing). Spend the 30th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, admire the striking features of Freshwater Station, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cairns journey planner .

Dusseldorf, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Dusseldorf to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dusseldorf in October, things will get warmer in Cairns: highs are around 34°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Crystal Cascades, Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens, Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Photography Tours and St Mary’s by The Sea chapel. Shop till you drop at Sunday Market Port Douglas and With Sugar. Spend the 5th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: stroll through Four Mile Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, and do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In November in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Photography Tours
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 6:
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St Mary’s by The Sea chapel ©
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel
Scuba & Snorkeling
Photography Tours

3
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Step off the beaten path and head to Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Daintree National Park. Take a break from the city and head to Thornton Beach and Daintree Discovery Centre. Take a break from Cape Tribulation with a short trip to Floravilla Ice Cream Factory in Daintree, about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm.

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Do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Tinaroo.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, Daintree Discovery Centre
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach

2
nights
Tinaroo

Tinaroo ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafe, look for all kinds of wild species at Granite Gorge Nature Park, and then admire the sheer force of Emerald Creek Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax in the rural setting at Jaques Coffee Plantation and then identify plant and animal life at Mareeba Tropical Savannah and Wetland Reserve.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tinaroo road trip site .

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Tinaroo in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Innisfail.

Things to do in Tinaroo

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Mareeba, Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafe
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 11:
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Granite Gorge Nature Park ©
Granite Gorge Nature Park
Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafe ©
Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafe
Emerald Creek Falls ©
Emerald Creek Falls

3
nights
Innisfail

Innisfail ©
Innisfail a town and locality in the Cassowary Coast Region in Far North Queensland, Australia. Explore hidden gems such as Mission Beach and Tully Gorge National Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Helen Wiltshire Gallery and Australian Sugar Industry Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Innisfail side-trips: Kennedy Walking Track (in Mission Beach), Wooroonooran National Park (in Topaz) and The Pocket (in El Arish). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Innisfail Temple.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Innisfail trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Tinaroo to Innisfail takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Innisfail

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Mission Beach, Australian Sugar Industry Museum, Tully Gorge National Park, Wooroonooran National Park, The Pocket
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 14:
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Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Wooroonooran National Park ©
Wooroonooran National Park
Tully Gorge National Park ©
Tully Gorge National Park

2
nights
Townsville

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 15th (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at The Drill Hall Studio, take in the exciting artwork at Pinnacles Gallery, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of National Trust Heritage Centre, step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Townsville online trip maker .

You can drive from Innisfail to Townsville in 3.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Strand ©
The Strand

2
nights
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.
Shop till you drop at Colour Me Crazy and Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Boathaven Beach. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, tour the water at your own pace with Airlie Boat Hire, and examine the collection at Proserpine Museum.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach online trip itinerary maker .

You can take a bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yeppoon.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Proserpine
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 19:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Boathaven Beach ©
Boathaven Beach

2
nights
Yeppoon

Yeppoon ©
Yeppoon is a coastal town and locality in the Shire of Livingstone, Central Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the activities along Stony Creek, then get outside with Yeppoon Lagoon, and then kick back and relax at Farnborough Beach. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Byfield National Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Yeppoon tour itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Airlie Beach to Yeppoon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Airlie Beach in November, you will find days in Yeppoon are a bit warmer (37°C), and nights are little chillier (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Maryborough.

Things to do in Yeppoon

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Byfield
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Byfield National Park ©
Byfield National Park
Yeppoon Lagoon ©
Yeppoon Lagoon
Stony Creek ©
Stony Creek

2
nights
Maryborough

Maryborough is a city located on the Mary River in Queensland, Australia, approximately 255km north of the state capital, Brisbane. Mary Ann Steam Locomotive and Maryborough City Hall will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Queens Park. Get out of town with these interesting Maryborough side-trips: Palace Backpackers Memorial (in Childers), Ashleigh Manley Art Gallery Homewares & Gifts (in Urangan) and Burrum Heads Beach (in Burrum Heads). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Bond Store Museum and get engrossed in the history at Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Maryborough trip planner .

Drive from Yeppoon to Maryborough in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. While traveling from Yeppoon, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Maryborough, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Maryborough

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Hervey Bay, Burrum Heads Beach, Palace Backpackers Memorial
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Burrum Heads Beach ©
Burrum Heads Beach
Bond Store Museum ©
Bond Store Museum

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach, take a stroll through Hastings Street, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Noosa Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park and then take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Noosa online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Maryborough to Noosa by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Glass House Mountains.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Noosa Botanic Gardens
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:
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Noosa Botanic Gardens ©
Noosa Botanic Gardens
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach

1
night
Glass House Mountains

Glass House Mountains ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Landsborough Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Australia Zoo.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Glass House Mountains trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Noosa to Glass House Mountains in 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Caloundra.

Things to do in Glass House Mountains

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums

Side Trips

Landsborough Museum, Australia Zoo
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 27:
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Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Landsborough Museum ©
Landsborough Museum

3
nights
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
Head to Kawana Shoppingworld and MaisyMoofor some retail therapy. Get a sense of the local culture at Caloundra Lighthouses and Sunshine Castle. Step out of Caloundra with an excursion to Marcoola Beach in Marcoola--about 34 minutes away.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Caloundra tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Glass House Mountains to Caloundra in an hour. In November, daytime highs in Caloundra are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Caloundra

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Buderim Forest Park, Marcoola Beach, Sunshine Castle, Kawana Shoppingworld
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 30:
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Point Cartwright ©
Point Cartwright
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the galleries of The Henderson Gallery, wander the streets of West End, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Anglican Cathedral, and finally look for gifts at Noosa Chocolate Factory.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane road trip app .

Getting from Caloundra to Brisbane by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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West End ©
West End
St. John's Anglican Cathedral ©
St. John's Anglican Cathedral

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