42 days in Australia Itinerary

42 days in Australia Itinerary

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42 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + train + ferry:  3​h 45​min
2
Manly
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Parramatta
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Gold Coast
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Zurich


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6
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get some historical perspective at Shrine of Remembrance and St Paul's Cathedral. Get a sense of the local culture at Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. Dedicate the 10th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and see the interesting displays at National Sports Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary maker site .

Zurich, Switzerland to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a 9 hour difference. While traveling from Zurich, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Manly.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Balloon Rides
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

4
nights
Manly

Manly ©
Located 11 km (7 mi) across the harbor from Sydney, a holiday in Manly combines quiet neighborhood charm and coastal attractions, all the while placing you within easy access to the big city.
You'll get in some beach time at Shelly Beach and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manly: Terrigal (Spas, Avoca Beach, & more), Ocean Beach (in Umina Beach) and Norah Head Lighthouse (in Norah Head). Spend the 16th (Sat) exploring nature at Bouddi National Park. There's still lots to do: stroll through Fairlight Beach.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Manly trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Melbourne to Manly in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Melbourne in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 19°C in Manly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Parramatta.

Things to do in Manly

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Terrigal, Norah Head Lighthouse, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Ocean Beach, Bouddi National Park
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Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach
Norah Head Lighthouse ©
Norah Head Lighthouse
Avoca Beach ©
Avoca Beach

3
nights
Parramatta

Parramatta ©
Parramatta is a suburb of Sydney, Australia, 23km west of its central business district on the banks of the Parramatta River. Do some cultural sightseeing at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and Megalong Creek Estate. The National Pass and The Australiana Pioneer Village will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Parramatta side-trips: Ebenezer Church (in Ebenezer), Bilpin (Hillbilly Cider & Bilpin Cider Company) and Katoomba (The Three Sisters & Wentworth Falls). There's more to do: admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens and don't miss a visit to Sublime Point Lookout.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Parramatta route planner.

You can drive from Manly to Parramatta in an hour. In November, daytime highs in Parramatta are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Parramatta

Historic Sites Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Leura, Katoomba, Bilpin, The Australiana Pioneer Village, Megalong Creek Estate
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
The Australiana Pioneer Village ©
The Australiana Pioneer Village

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach. Get some cultural insight at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, contemplate the long history of Justice & Police Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Store Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

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Getting from Parramatta to Sydney by car takes about an hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

6
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cape Byron Lighthouse and Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse. Relax by the water at Surfers Paradise Beach and Tugun Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: Fingal Head Lighthouse (in Fingal Head) and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah). Spend the 28th (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. The adventure continues: stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, and take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck.

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You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fingal Head Lighthouse, Cape Byron Lighthouse, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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.
Visit Kings Beach and Moffat Beach for some beach relaxation. Get some cultural insight at Caloundra Lighthouses and Caloundra Regional Art Gallery. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dicky Beach, let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, and take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Brisbane trip planner .

Drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach

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 get in some beach time at Four Mile Beach and Trinity Beach. St Monica's Cathedral and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Safaris (in Port Douglas) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 8th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 13th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner.

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Brisbane in December: highs in Cairns hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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