45 days in Australia Itinerary

45 days in Australia Itinerary

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45 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dresden
+2
train + shuttle + Fly:  27​h
1
Adelaide
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Brisbane
— 8 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Dresden

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Adelaide: Hahndorf (Hans Heysen Art Studio & The Cedars), Langmeil Winery (in Tanunda) and Murray Street Vineyards (in Greenock). Dedicate the 3rd (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at South Australian Museum, admire the natural beauty at Adelaide Botanic Garden, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of South Australia, and contemplate the long history of Adelaide Oval.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Adelaide journey maker .

Dresden, Germany to Adelaide is an approximately 27-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) (ACST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Dresden in November, you will find days in Adelaide are much hotter (28°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Adelaide

Wineries Tours Museums

Side Trips

McLaren Vale, Hahndorf, Murray Street Vineyards, Langmeil Winery
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Wine Tours & Tastings
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Spend the 8th (Fri) exploring nature at Flinders Chase National Park. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain, take in the dramatic natural features at Admirals Arch, and sample the fine beverages at KI Spirits.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kangaroo Island trip planner .

Getting from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Admirals Arch ©
Admirals Arch

7
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 The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, approximately 1h 40 min away. Dedicate the 14th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kangaroo Island to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In November, daytime highs in Melbourne are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
Spend the 22nd (Fri) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, wander the streets of The Rocks, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip planning site .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 19°C in Sydney. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

5
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.
Go for a jaunt from Gold Coast to Kingscliff to see Watersports Guru about 46 minutes away. Spend the 25th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. Pack the 27th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Dreamworld. There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, tour the pleasant surroundings at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck, and kick back and relax at Miami Beach.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast journey builder app .

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. November in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Watersports Guru
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 29:
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Watersports Guru ©
Watersports Guru
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

8
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Spas & Wellness (in Caloundra), Kondalilla National Park (in Montville) and Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba). Spend the 6th (Fri) exploring nature at Glass House Mountains National Park. Spend the 3rd (Tue) with some fine spirits on a distillery tour. Next up on the itinerary: walk around South Bank Parklands, browse the collection at State Library Of Queensland, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Caloundra, Mooloolaba Beach, Kondalilla National Park, Glass House Mountains National Park
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 7:
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

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 find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 8th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Cairns trip maker website .

Getting from Brisbane to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Brisbane in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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