44 days in Australia Itinerary

44 days in Australia Itinerary

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44 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Maleny
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Noosa
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Canberra
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Adelaide
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
11
Alice Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
12
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Zurich

5
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 out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach) and Safaris (in Port Douglas). Spend the 20th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, look for gifts at Australian Leather Company, and pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cairns online journey planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Zurich to Cairns. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Zurich in November; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Safaris, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

2
nights
Townsville

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then go for a walk through Castle Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, kick back and relax at The Strand, and then admire the natural beauty at Queens Gardens Townsville.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Townsville trip planner .

Fly from Cairns to Townsville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Parks Adventure
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

4
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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at South Bank Parklands, contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River, take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Townsville to Brisbane in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Townsville in November: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 31°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Maleny.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife

Side Trip

Captain Cook Highway
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

2
nights
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
On the 1st (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Conondale National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kondalilla National Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Maleny trip planner .

You can drive from Brisbane to Maleny in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Maleny are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Maleny

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Conondale National Park, Kondalilla National Park
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 2:
Highlights from your plan
Conondale National Park ©
Conondale National Park
Kondalilla National Park ©
Kondalilla National Park

4
nights
Noosa

Noosa
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Get out of town with these interesting Noosa side-trips: Marcoola Beach (in Marcoola), Wappa Dam (in Yandina) and Coolum Beach (Lows Lookout & Mount Coolum). And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Noosa River, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Cooroora, and take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Noosa trip maker site .

Getting from Maleny to Noosa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Coolum Beach, Mount Cooroora, Wappa Dam, Marcoola Beach
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa River ©
Noosa River

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tallow Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, and then kick back and relax at Wategos Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Beach, then kick back and relax at Lennox Head Beach, and then kick back and relax at Broken Head Beach.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay trip planner .

Traveling by car from Noosa to Byron Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lennox Head Beach, Lighthouse Beach, Broken Head Beach
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Tallow Beach ©
Tallow Beach

6
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 14th (Fri) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's much more to do: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): ponder the world of politics at Royal Australian Mint, then get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and finally don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St John the Baptist Church, look for all kinds of wild species at Floriade, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Canberra trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Canberra, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
Mount Ainslie Lookout ©
Mount Ainslie Lookout

6
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee, approximately 42 minutes away. Dedicate the 21st (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and examine the collection at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne travel planner .

Fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

4
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Change things up with these side-trips from Adelaide: Horseshoe Bay (in Port Elliot), Encounter Bikeway (in Victor Harbor) and The Cedars (in Hahndorf). Dedicate the 23rd (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Adelaide Botanic Garden, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Port Adelaide Uniting Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Semaphore Beach, and catch a live event at Adelaide Oval.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Adelaide trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Adelaide takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Semaphore Beach, Encounter Bikeway, Port Adelaide Uniting Church, Horseshoe Bay, The Cedars
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
The Cedars ©
The Cedars
Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden

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 27th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park, look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs day trip site .

You can fly from Adelaide to Alice Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Adelaide in December, expect Alice Springs to be somewhat warmer, temps between 41°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Leanyer Recreation Park, see the interesting displays at Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and then kick back and relax at Mindil Beach.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, you can read our Darwin day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Darwin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alice Springs in December, Darwin is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach

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