38 days in Australia Itinerary

38 days in Australia Itinerary

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38 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Brisbane
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h
3
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
4
Sydney
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Katoomba
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  12​h 15​min
8
Whitsunday Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Hervey Bay
— 3 nights
Fly:  34​h
End: Berlin

6
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Daintree National Park. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove), Rex Lookout (in Wangetti) and Port Douglas (Safaris, Four Mile Beach, & more). There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and take a memorable tour with Shaolin Junk Cruises.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip planner .

Berlin, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Rex Lookout, Daintree National Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kings Beach and Dicky Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Burleigh Heads Beach and Surfer's Paradise Beach. Step out of Brisbane with an excursion to Mooloolaba Beach in Mooloolaba--about 2 hours away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, explore the activities along Oxley Creek Common, let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, and kick back and relax at Moffat Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane online attractions planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cairns in November, with highs in Brisbane at 31°C and lows at 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Gold Coast, Mooloolaba Beach
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 13:
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): explore the activities along Wanggoolba Creek, delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest, and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Brisbane to Fraser Island by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In November in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Sydney Opera House and Brett Whiteley Studio. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown), Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley) and Pulpit Rock Lookout (in Blue Mountains National Park). Spend the 20th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sydney journey planner.

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. When traveling from Fraser Island in November, plan for slightly colder days in Sydney, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Pulpit Rock Lookout, Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, and then explore and take pictures at The National Pass. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Logan Brae Orchard, then do a tasting at Dryridge Estate, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Katoomba visit planner.

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. November in Katoomba sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Dryridge Estate, The National Pass, Logan Brae Orchard, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

3
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 some cultural insight at National Gallery of Victoria and Melbourne Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Melbourne Zoo and St. Kilda Beach. Spend the 28th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Shrine of Remembrance, look for all kinds of wild species at Warrandyte State Park, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

Before you visit Melbourne, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Do a combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Melbourne in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Katoomba in November, expect Melbourne to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Warrandyte State Park ©
Warrandyte State Park
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
You've now added Uluru to your itinerary. On the 29th (Thu), get outside with Walpa Gorge, then identify plant and animal life at Red Desert Reptiles, then hike along Kuniya Walk, and finally explore and take pictures at Uluru. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of Walkatjara Art, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and finally appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Melbourne in November, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 22°C at night. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yulara
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 1:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

2
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
You've now added Whitehaven Beach to your itinerary. On the 2nd (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Whitsunday Islands National Park. On the next day, stroll through Whitehaven Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Whitsunday Island trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Whitsunday Island in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December: highs in Whitsunday Island hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 24°C. On the 4th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

3
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Duncan Chapman Statue, then kick back and relax at Burrum Heads Beach, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hervey Bay online sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Whitsunday Island to Hervey Bay in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Hervey Bay, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. On the 7th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Burrum Heads Beach, Hinkler Hall of Aviation, Duncan Chapman Statue
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Esplanade ©
Esplanade
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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