44 days in Australia Itinerary

44 days in Australia Itinerary

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44 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  26​h
1
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Canberra
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
7
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Noosa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Townsville
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
11
Cairns
— 8 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Zurich

2
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Defence of Darwin Experience and Darwin Aviation Museum. Spend the 21st (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: cool off at Wave Lagoon, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at Embella Jewellery, and tour the water at your own pace with Offshore Boats.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Darwin trip planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Darwin is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Zurich in November, things will get much hotter in Darwin: highs are around 39°C and lows about 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Darwin

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience
Speed Boats Tours

2
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Walking tours and Alice Springs Desert Park. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, explore the striking landscape at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park, take in the exciting artwork at Talapi, and take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Alice Springs trip planning website .

Fly from Darwin to Alice Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in November, expect little chillier with lows of 21°C in Alice Springs. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 25:
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Walking tours
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

3
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Adelaide Central Market and Adelaide Oval. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Adelaide: Horseshoe Bay (in Port Elliot), Minlaton (Captain Harry Butler Memorial & Walk the Yorke) and Victor Harbor (Kaiki Walk - Granite Island, Granite Island, & more). It doesn't end there: meet the residents at Adelaide Zoo and kick back and relax at West Beach.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Adelaide day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Adelaide takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alice Springs in November, expect Adelaide to be slightly colder, temps between 28°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Victor Harbor, Minlaton, Horseshoe Bay
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 29:
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Granite Island ©
Granite Island
Adelaide Central Market ©
Adelaide Central Market
Adelaide Oval ©
Adelaide Oval

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas & Wellness and State Library of Victoria. Dedicate the 1st (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne travel route planner .

You can fly from Adelaide to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Adelaide in November since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Spas & Wellness
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 3:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Spas & Wellness
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

3
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Questacon and National Portrait Gallery. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, ponder the world of politics at Royal Australian Mint, appreciate the history behind Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial, and make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Canberra tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Canberra, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Nature
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Questacon ©
Questacon
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Mount Ainslie Lookout ©
Mount Ainslie Lookout

4
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 discover tucked-away gems like Jenolan Caves and The Nook. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Katoomba to see Echo Point Lookout about 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, appreciate the history behind Mrs Macquarie's Chair, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Chinese Garden of Friendship.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney tour itinerary planning website .

Getting from Canberra to Sydney by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

Jenolan Caves, Echo Point Lookout, The Nook
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

3
nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cape Byron Walking Track and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Step out of Byron Bay with an excursion to Coolangatta Beach in Coolangatta--about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, stroll through Wategos Beach, and get lost in a book at The Byron Bay Book Exchange.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay trip itinerary tool .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Byron Bay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Byron Bay sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Coolangatta Beach, Burleigh Heads Beach, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

3
nights
Noosa

Noosa
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Step off the beaten path and head to Noosa National Park and Noosa Main Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Kings Beach (in Caloundra), Lows Lookout (in Coolum Beach) and Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, look for gifts at The Real McCaul, and view the masterpieces at Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Noosa travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Noosa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, Kings Beach, The Real McCaul, Mooloolaba Beach
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Roma Street Parkland and City Botanic Gardens. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and take a leisurely stroll along Eagle Street Pier.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip website .

You can drive from Noosa to Brisbane in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens

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.
Explore hidden gems such as The Strand and Jezzine Barracks. Take a break from Townsville with a short trip to Alligator Falls Track in Alligator Creek, about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Castle Hill, identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, delve into the lush surroundings at Gondwana Rainforest, and view the masterpieces at The Drill Hall Studio.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Townsville trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Brisbane to Townsville in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Brisbane in December, with highs in Townsville at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Queensland, Alligator Falls Track
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary

8
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Botanical Gardens and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove), Paronella Park (in Mena Creek) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). Spend the 23rd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 29th (Sat) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Townsville to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Paronella Park, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Mossman Gorge, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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