38 days in Australia Itinerary

38 days in Australia Itinerary

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38 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
train + Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Cooktown
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Townsville
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 6 nights
Drive:  7​h
5
Rockhampton
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
8
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Drive:  11​h 45​min
9
Blue Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  9​h
11
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
12
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  32​h
End: Dusseldorf


3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and Four Mile Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Shark Diving and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary maker app .

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. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 9 hours. Traveling from Dusseldorf in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Cairns, with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Shark Diving
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

1
night
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Great Northern Tours and then kick back and relax at Finch Bay.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cooktown trip planner .

You can drive from Cairns to Cooktown in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cooktown

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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Great Northern Tours ©
Great Northern Tours
Finch Bay ©
Finch Bay

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.
Kids will enjoy The Strand and Alligator Falls Track. Discover out-of-the-way places like Castle Hill and Museum of Tropical Queensland. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Plan a trip to Townsville easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Explore your travel options from Cooktown to Townsville with the Route module. In July, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Alligator Falls Track
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary

6
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.
Get outdoors at Kayaking & Canoeing and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Grays Bay make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Airlie Beach side-trips: Cape Hillsborough National Park (in Cape Hillsborough), Finch Hatton (Forest Flying & Finch Hatton Gorge) and The Big Mango (in Bowen). There's lots more to do: hike along Whitsunday Great Walk, choose your vessel at Airlie Boat Hire, take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, and take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip itinerary maker site .

You can take a bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Townsville in July, you will find days in Airlie Beach are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Bowen, Finch Hatton, Cape Hillsborough National Park, Whitsunday Islands
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 29:
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Finch Hatton Gorge ©
Finch Hatton Gorge

1
night
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
On the 30th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Capricorn Caves, then stroll through Yeppoon Main Beach, and then head outdoors with Yeppoon Lagoon. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens.

To find maps and other tourist information, read Rockhampton trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Rockhampton by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in July, plan for little chillier nights in Rockhampton, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Outdoors Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Yeppoon
Find places to stay Jul 29 — 31:
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Rockhampton Botanic Gardens ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens
Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Yeppoon Lagoon ©
Yeppoon Lagoon

2
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
On the 1st (Thu), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then tour the stables at Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Burrum Heads Beach, then have fun at Queens Park, and then appreciate the history behind Mary Poppins Statue.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hervey Bay road trip app .

Getting from Rockhampton to Hervey Bay by combination of train and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Maryborough, Burrum Heads Beach
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 2:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Burrum Heads Beach ©
Burrum Heads Beach

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Fraser Island trip planner.

Getting from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time for travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

4
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Kirra Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Step out of the city life by going to Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. There's lots more to do: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River, and get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Brisbane in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Blue Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
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Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

2
nights
Blue Mountains National Park

Blue Mountains National Park ©
This is the official community page for Blue Mountains National Park. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): stroll through Grand Canyon track, then look for all kinds of wild species at Logan Brae Orchard, then explore the stunning scenery at Pulpit Rock Lookout, and finally take some stellar pictures from Anvil Rock Lookout. Keep things going the next day: take in breathtaking views at Lincoln's Rock, then hike along The National Pass, and then head outdoors with Trees Adventure Grose River Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Blue Mountains National Park vacation tool .

Explore your travel options from Brisbane to Blue Mountains National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Brisbane in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 5°C in Blue Mountains National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Blue Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Blackheath, Trees Adventure Grose River Park
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Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout
Lincoln's Rock ©
Lincoln's Rock
Trees Adventure Grose River Park ©

5
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Bouddi National Park and Palm Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly (about 36 minutes away). Spend the 13th (Tue) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, make a trip to Sydney Opera House, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip website .

You can drive from Blue Mountains National Park to Sydney in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Blue Mountains National Park in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Palm Beach, Bouddi National Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of St Paul's Cathedral, tour the pleasant surroundings at Brighton Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at St Kilda beach. On your second day here, stroll through Melbourne Zoo and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Dandenong Ranges National Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne route planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in August: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 16°C and lows are around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Dandenong Ranges National Park, Brighton Beach
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 18:
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Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Dandenong Ranges National Park ©
Dandenong Ranges National Park

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): trek along Kuniya Walk, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and finally get outside with Walpa Gorge.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Melbourne, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Red Desert Reptiles
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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