53 days in Australia Itinerary

53 days in Australia Itinerary

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53 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 6 nights
+3
Fly + foot + bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
2
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
+4
ferry + bus + foot + Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
3
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Maleny
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Rainbow Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Noosa
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
8
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
9
Palm Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
10
Bondi
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
11
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
12
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
13
Wilsons Promontory National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  29​h
End: Berlin

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach. Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Four Mile Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Safaris), Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Underart Gallery, and pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns day trip site .

Berlin, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Berlin to Cairns, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Geoffrey Bay, take a memorable tour with Pilgrim Sailing, and then tour the water at your own pace with Big Mama Sailing.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Magnetic Island trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Magnetic Island takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Magnetic Island are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Wategos Beach and Lennox Head Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Pippi Beach and Tallow Beach. Step out of Byron Bay with an excursion to Lighthouse Beach in Ballina--about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Broken Head Beach, trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, and make a trip to Lone Goat Gallery.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Byron Bay journey planner .

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus from Magnetic Island to Byron Bay in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Magnetic Island in January since evenings lows in Byron Bay dip to 21°C. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lighthouse Beach, Broken Head Beach, Pippi Beach, Lennox Head Beach
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Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Pippi Beach ©
Pippi Beach
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach

4
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Burleigh Heads Beach and Surfer's Paradise Beach. Get in touch with nature at Burleigh Head National Park and Greenmount Beach. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, stroll through Kirra Beach, don't miss a visit to Rotary Carousel Broadbeach, and laugh and play at Sea World Theme Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip planner .

Getting from Byron Bay to Gold Coast by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Maleny.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

4
nights
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Visit Kings Beach and Moffat Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Mooloolaba Beach and Kondalilla Falls. Explore Maleny's surroundings by going to Maroochydore Beach (in Maroochydore) and Caloundra (Bulcock Beach & Dicky Beach). There's much more to do: experience rural life at Maleny Dairies, stop by Maleny Cheese, tee off at Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis, and get great views at McCarthy's Lookout.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Maleny vacation maker app .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Maleny takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. January in Maleny sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Maleny

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Kondalilla Falls, Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis, Mooloolaba Beach, Big Kart Track
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Maroochydore Beach ©
Maroochydore Beach

1
night
Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. On the 27th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Rainbow Beach and then explore the striking landscape at Carlo Sand Blow.

Start your trip to Rainbow Beach by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Maleny to Rainbow Beach by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Carlo Sand Blow ©
Carlo Sand Blow

4
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Visiting Noosa Main Beach and Marcoola Beach will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Noosa side-trips: Mount Ninderry (in Yandina) and Coolum Beach (Mount Coolum & Lows Lookout). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park, take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout, trek along Mount Cooroora, and explore the activities along Noosa River.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Noosa sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Rainbow Beach to Noosa in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Coolum Beach, Mount Ninderry, Mount Cooroora, Marcoola Beach
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach
Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Escape the urban bustle at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island online holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In February, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Palm Beach.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

3
nights
Palm Beach

Palm Beach ©
Take a break from the city and head to Bilgola Beach and Ocean Beach. Relax by the water at Palm Beach and Bouddi National Park. Explore Palm Beach's surroundings by going to Terrigal Beach (in Terrigal), Aquafun Avoca Lake (in Avoca Beach) and Convict Trail (in Wisemans Ferry).

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Palm Beach trip website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Fraser Island to Palm Beach. While traveling from Fraser Island, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Palm Beach, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Bondi.

Things to do in Palm Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Putty Beach, Bilgola Beach, Avalon Beach, Ocean Beach, Terrigal Beach
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Bilgola Beach ©
Bilgola Beach
Terrigal Beach ©
Terrigal Beach
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach

2
nights
Bondi

Bondi ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Vaucluse House, then stroll through Nielsen Park, then stroll through Tamarama Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Bronte Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroubra Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Congwong Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bondi trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Palm Beach to Bondi in 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Bondi can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Bondi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Vaucluse, Maroubra Beach, Bronte Beach, Congwong Beach
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Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Tamarama Beach ©
Tamarama Beach
Congwong Beach ©
Congwong Beach

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.
Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Clovelly. Take a break from the city and head to Manly Beach and Coogee Beach. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Manly to see Shelly Beach about 36 minutes away. Spend the 18th (Mon) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at South Cronulla Beach, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and step off the mainland to explore Shark Island.

For where to stay and other tourist information, go to the Sydney online holiday planner .

Sydney is just a short distance from Bondi. February in Sydney sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Coogee Beach ©
Coogee Beach

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.
Visiting Sandridge Beach and Half Moon Bay will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee) and The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through St. Kilda Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, take a memorable tour with Tours, and meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne road trip planner .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sydney in February since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Wilsons Promontory National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, Werribee Open Range Zoo, St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 25:
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road

1
night
Wilsons Promontory National Park

Wilsons Promontory National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Wilsons Promontory National Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Wilsons Promontory National Park trip maker site .

You can drive from Melbourne to Wilsons Promontory National Park in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wilsons Promontory National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 26:
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Wilsons Promontory National Park ©
Wilsons Promontory National Park

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