38 days in Australia Itinerary

38 days in Australia Itinerary

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38 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Munich
Fly:  20​h
1
Darwin
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h
3
Alice Springs
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Mossman
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
7
Daintree
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
8
Townsville
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
10
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
11
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
12
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
13
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
14
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Munich

3
nights
Darwin

Darwin ©
The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Wave Lagoon. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mary River Houseboats - Day Rentals and 1934 Qantas Hangar.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Darwin trip planner .

Munich, Germany to Darwin is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) is 8 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Munich in July; daily highs in Darwin reach 36°C and lows reach 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Fri) before leaving for Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Mary River Houseboats - Day Rentals
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Wave Lagoon ©
Wave Lagoon
1934 Qantas Hangar ©
1934 Qantas Hangar

2
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Nourlangie Rock and then contemplate the long history of Nourlangie Rock. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Mamukala Billabong, identify plant and animal life at Maguk Gorge, and then identify plant and animal life at Anbangbang Billabong.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) visit site .

You can drive from Darwin to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Kangaroo Sanctuary.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Alice Springs trip builder tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Alice Springs takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. July in Alice Springs sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 3°C at night. On the 29th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Parks
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kuniya Walk and Kata Tjuta. Museum-lovers will get to explore Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Walkatjara Art. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, get great views at Uluru, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, and don't miss a visit to Field of Light.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls and then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cairns day trip planning website .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August, you will find days in Cairns are somewhat warmer (31°C), and nights are warmer (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Mossman.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

1
night
Mossman

Mossman ©
Mossman is a town and a locality in Far North Queensland, Australia, on the Mossman River. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Kuku yalanji cultural heritage beach walk, identify plant and animal life at Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Daintree Mangroves Wildlife Sanctuary.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mossman road trip tool .

You can drive from Cairns to Mossman in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Daintree.

Things to do in Mossman

Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Kuku yalanji cultural heritage beach walk, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre

4
nights
Daintree

Daintree is a settlement in North Queensland 111km north of Cairns and 56km from Port Douglas, Queensland. Daintree Discovery Centre and Floravilla Ice Cream Factory will appeal to museum buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Photography Tours and Tranquility Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Daintree: Cow Bay (Cow Bay Beach & Walu Wugirriga Lookout). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Wonga Beach, look for gifts at Daintree Naturals Artist Market, admire all the interesting features of Daintree Tea, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Sorrow Ridge Trail.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Daintree trip itinerary builder app .

Daintree is very close to Mossman. In August, daily temperatures in Daintree can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Fri) before leaving for Townsville.

Things to do in Daintree

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Wonga Beach
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Photography Tours
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Wonga Beach ©
Wonga Beach

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Castle Hill and The Strand. Step out of the city life by going to Many Peaks Walking Track and Fishing Charters & Tours. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park and take in the exciting artwork at Pinnacles Gallery.

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

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Daintree to Townsville in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Townsville sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 12:
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Castle Hill
Castle Hill
The Strand ©
The Strand
Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park ©
Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park

1
night
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.
On the 13th (Tue), add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get interesting insight from Tours.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach planning site .

Getting from Townsville to Airlie Beach by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Townsville in August: highs in Airlie Beach hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Adventure Outdoors Tours
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef

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nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 15th (Thu), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, kick back and relax at Catseye Beach and then get outside with Jetryder.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hamilton Island trip itinerary planner.

Ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island in an hour. In August in Hamilton Island, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye 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.
On the 16th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery and then take a stroll through West End.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane online journey maker .

You can fly from Hamilton Island to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hamilton Island in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Brisbane, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Queen Street Mall ©
Queen Street Mall
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
West End ©
West End

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Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hervey Bay tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Brisbane to Hervey Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You'll set off for Fraser Island on the 18th (Sun).

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest and then explore the activities along Wanggoolba Creek. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): explore the activities along Eli Creek and then trek along Fraser Island Great Walk.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island planner .

Getting from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 4.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 20:
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Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Fraser Island Great Walk ©
Fraser Island Great Walk

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and The Giant Stairway. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sydney Opera House and Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Lincoln's Rock (in Blue Mountains National Park), Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & The Three Sisters). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney online travel route planner .

Do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. While traveling from Fraser Island, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Shelly Beach, Lincoln's Rock
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 26:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

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