39 days in Australia Itinerary

39 days in Australia Itinerary

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39 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
+4
shuttle + Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  11​h 15​min
4
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Lord Howe Island
— 3 nights
+4
Fly + bus + train + foot + ferry:  9​h 30​min
7
Cowes
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
10
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  31​h
End: Zurich

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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Attractions like Palm Cove Beach and The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk and view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planning website .

Zurich, Switzerland to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Zurich to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Zurich in December: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
Get outdoors at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Myall Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Thornton Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. Step out of Cape Tribulation with an excursion to Walu Wugirriga Lookout in Cow Bay--about 36 minutes away. Spend the 20th (Fri) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

Plan trip to Cape Tribulation with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can take a bus from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. December in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Walu Wugirriga Lookout
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

4
nights
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.
Family-friendly places like Safaris and Four Mile Beach will thrill your kids. Get outdoors at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Horses in Port. Spend the 22nd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Get outdoors at Lake McKenzie and Wanggoolba Creek.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Fraser Island tour planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, ferry, and car from Port Douglas to Fraser Island in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Traveling from Port Douglas in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Fraser Island, with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) 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
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Manly Beach and Clovelly Beach. Family-friendly places like Bondi Beach and Australian National Maritime Museum will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, pause for some photo ops at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Sydney day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

3
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Step out of the city life by going to Ned's Beach and Lagoon Beach. Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Fishing Charters & Tours will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, see the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Lord Howe Island trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cowes.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

2
nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Cowes Beach and The Nobbies Centre. Relax by the water at Cape Woolamai Beach and Red Rock Beach. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Koala Conservation Centre, learn about all things military at National Vietnam Veterans Museum, take a leisurely stroll along Rhyll Jetty, and look for all kinds of wild species at Phillip Island Wildlife Park.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cowes road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight, train, and ferry from Lord Howe Island to Cowes takes 9.5 hours. January in Cowes sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Phillip Island, Summerlands, Newhaven, YCW Beach, Rhyll Jetty
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Cowes Beach ©
Cowes Beach
Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre
Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visiting Royal Botanic Gardens and Balloon Rides will get you outdoors. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Museum. Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Werribee to see Werribee Open Range Zoo about 42 minutes away. Spend the 13th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Dedicate the 10th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, and take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Melbourne travel route planner.

You can drive from Cowes to Melbourne in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Uluru and Kata Tjuta. There's much more to do: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, take some stellar pictures from Uluru, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, and explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park holiday maker .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 43°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Maguk Gorge and Anbangbang Billabong. Escape the urban bustle at Yellow Water and Koolpin Gorge. Spend the 19th (Sun) exploring nature at Kakadu National park. It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Cahills Crossing and don't miss a visit to Bardedjilidji Walk.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) route planning website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Mamukala Wetlands ©
Mamukala Wetlands
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong

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