49 days in Australia Itinerary

49 days in Australia Itinerary

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49 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 13 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Rockhampton
— 8 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 9 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 14 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Frankfurt

13
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Village Gallery, & more), Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more) and Cape Tribulation (Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness & Daintree National Park). Spend the 22nd (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 30th (Fri) exploring nature at Barron Gorge National Park. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Munro Martin Parklands, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Cairns online trip maker .

Frankfurt, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 9 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cape Tribulation, Barron Gorge National Park, Rex Lookout
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

8
nights
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rockhampton: Mt Hay Gemstone Tourist Park (in Wycarbah), Yeppoon (Bluff Point Walking Track, Farnborough Beach, & more) and Langmorn Station (in Raglan). Spend the 4th (Wed) exploring nature at Eubenangee Swamp National Park. Spend the 12th (Thu) exploring nature at Byfield National Park. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alkoomi Adventure Farm, look for all kinds of wild species at Capricorn Caves, get engrossed in the history at Rockhampton Heritage Village, and make a splash at 2nd World War Memorial Aquatic Centre.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Rockhampton travel route app .

Getting from Cairns to Rockhampton by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Rockhampton, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yeppoon, Gladstone, Byfield National Park, Eubenangee Swamp National Park, Anzac Plaza Emu Park
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Eubenangee Swamp National Park ©
Eubenangee Swamp National Park
Yeppoon Lagoon ©
Yeppoon Lagoon
Alkoomi Adventure Farm ©
Alkoomi Adventure Farm

9
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Blackheath (Gallery Blackheath & Day FIne Art) and Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & The Three Sisters). Spend the 17th (Tue) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary site .

Getting from Rockhampton to Sydney by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rockhampton in September, you will find days in Sydney are a bit cooler (25°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Katoomba, Blackheath, 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

14
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee) and The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay). Dedicate the 27th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Spend the 4th (Fri) on a tasty journey with a beer tour and tasting. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, browse the collection at State Library of Victoria, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and explore the galleries of Shrine of Remembrance.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in September; daily highs in Melbourne reach 20°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road

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