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
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 6 nights
5
Adelaide
— 7 nights
6
Alice Springs
— 5 nights
7
Darwin
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Zurich

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 discover tucked-away gems like Botanical Gardens and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove), Paronella Park (in Mena Creek) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). Spend the 20th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other 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, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Zurich to Cairns, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in November, things will get much hotter in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach, Paronella Park, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 25:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Paronella Park ©
Paronella Park
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Slideways - Go Karting Gold Coast (in Nerang), Coolangatta Beach (in Coolangatta) and SkyPoint Climb (in Surfers Paradise). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, admire the sheer force of Kondalilla Falls, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, and admire all the interesting features of Suncorp Stadium.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane tour builder site .

Fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cairns in November, with highs in Brisbane at 31°C and lows at 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Kondalilla Falls, Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World
Find places to stay Nov 25 — Dec 1:
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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World ©
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jenolan Caves and Blue Mountains. Venture out of the city with trips to Katoomba (Echo Point Lookout & Wentworth Falls) and The Nook (in Leura). Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find ratings and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney driving holiday planning site .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Katoomba, The Nook, Jenolan Caves
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 7:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

6
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Spas & Wellness and State Library of Victoria. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Eastern Beach Reserve (in Geelong) and Ballarat (Art Gallery of Ballarat & Ballarat Wildlife Park). Dedicate the 9th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Melbourne, with lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballarat, Spas & Wellness, Eastern Beach Reserve
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 13:
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Balloon Rides
Spas & Wellness
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

7
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Adelaide Central Market and Adelaide Zoo. Get out of town with these interesting Adelaide side-trips: Victor Harbor (Kaiki Walk - Granite Island, Granite Island, & more), Carrickalinga Beach (in Carrickalinga) and Waitpinga Beach (in Waitpinga). Dedicate the 20th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Adelaide Oval, tour the pleasant surroundings at Horseshoe Bay, kick back and relax at Semaphore Beach, and get your game on at Jet Flight Simulator Adelaide.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Adelaide vacation maker website .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Adelaide takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Adelaide can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Victor Harbor, Minlaton, Horseshoe Bay, Cleland Wildlife Park, Carrickalinga Beach
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 20:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Adelaide Central Market ©
Adelaide Central Market
Granite Island ©
Granite Island

5
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. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, appreciate the views at Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve, and take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Alice Springs attractions planner .

Getting from Adelaide to Alice Springs by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: 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 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 25:
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Walking tours
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Litchfield National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 30th (Sun) at Darwin Waterfront. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience, take a memorable tour with Tours, get lost in a book at Caryota Book Exchange, and cool off at Wave Lagoon.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Darwin online visit planner .

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, expect a bit warmer with lows of 29°C in Darwin. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Theme Parks Tours

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Litchfield National Park ©
Litchfield National Park
Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience

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