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
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Alice Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Canberra
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Sydney
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Zurich

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Darwin: Litchfield National Park (Buley Rockhole & Florence Falls) and Litchfield National Park (in Batchelor). Spend the 20th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Mindil Beach, stroll through Leanyer Recreation Park, choose your vessel at Offshore Boats, and identify plant and animal life at Crocosaurus Cove.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Darwin road trip website .

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. Traveling from Zurich to Darwin, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in November, expect Darwin to be warmer, temps between 39°C and 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Darwin

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Litchfield National Park, Litchfield National Park
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 24:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Litchfield National Park ©
Litchfield National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, view the masterpieces at Talapi, then steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and finally get great views at Anzac Hill.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Alice Springs trip builder tool .

Getting from Darwin to Alice Springs by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Alice Springs when traveling from Darwin in November, with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen

7
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay--about 1h 40 min away. Dedicate the 1st (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the striking features of Shrine of Remembrance, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and browse the collection at State Library of Victoria.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Melbourne online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Alice Springs to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Alice Springs, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Nov 26 — Dec 4:
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

5
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.
Canberra is known for museums, childrens museums, nature, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout, look for all kinds of wild species at Floriade, and get curious at Questacon.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Canberra tour itinerary builder website .

Getting from Melbourne to Canberra by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Canberra are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Cockington Green
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 9:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
Mount Ainslie Lookout ©
Mount Ainslie Lookout

8
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.
Spend the 15th (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner.

You can drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden

6
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford), Conondale National Park (in Kenilworth) and Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach). Next up on the itinerary: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, kick back and relax at Kings Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Brisbane road trip site .

Getting from Sydney to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Sea World Theme Park, Warner Bros. Movie World, Conondale National Park, Kings Beach
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach) and Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Safaris, & more). Spend the 24th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, have fun at Tobruk Memorial Pool, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip maker .

Getting from Brisbane to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in December, you will find days in Cairns are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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