35 days in Australia Itinerary

35 days in Australia Itinerary

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35 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
3
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Lamington National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h
6
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h
7
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
8
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
9
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
10
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 30​min
11
Fitzroy Island
— 1 night
Travel:  3​h
12
Palm Cove
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
13
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
14
Daintree
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
15
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Frankfurt

3
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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Venture out of the city with trips to The Enchanted Adventure Garden (in Arthurs Seat), Heronswood (in Dromana) and Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (in Pearcedale). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Panorama Garden Estate, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Schanck Boardwalk.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Melbourne visit planner.

Frankfurt, Germany to Melbourne is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Frankfurt to Melbourne. While traveling from Frankfurt, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Schanck Boardwalk, Spas, Heronswood, Panorama Garden Estate, The Enchanted Adventure Garden
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:
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The Enchanted Adventure Garden ©
The Enchanted Adventure Garden
Spas

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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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, admire the natural beauty at Chinese Garden of Friendship, hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, and see the interesting displays at Hyde Park Barracks Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sydney road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Sydney. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Tours Museums
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

1
night
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.
On the 21st (Sat), find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then view the masterpieces at Jules Hunt Studio Gallery, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, and finally stroll through Cape Byron Walking Track.

Planning Byron Bay trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Byron Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track

3
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: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, stroll around Roma Street Parkland, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane sightseeing planning tool .

Drive from Byron Bay to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Brisbane are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lamington National Park.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Museums
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
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

1
night
Lamington National Park

Lamington National Park
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Lamington National Park.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lamington National Park online itinerary planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Lamington National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Lamington National Park

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Lamington National Park
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest, stroll through Eli Creek, and admire all the interesting features of Maheno Wreck.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Fraser Island day trip tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lamington National Park to Fraser Island. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

1
night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Jetryder, go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Hamilton Island in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Fraser Island in December, Hamilton Island is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach

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nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then explore the activities along Heart Reef.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip maker site .

Ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. December in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Whitsunday Island road trip site .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island by bus takes about an hour. Other options: ride a ferry. In January, daytime highs in Whitsunday Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Townsville.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

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Townsville

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 3rd (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand, and then go for a walk through Castle Hill. On your second day here, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Townsville day trip tool .

Traveling by train from Whitsunday Island to Townsville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January in Townsville, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fitzroy Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Highlights from your plan
The Strand ©
The Strand
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

1
night
Fitzroy Island

Fitzroy Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fitzroy Island National Park.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Fitzroy Island journey builder app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Townsville to Fitzroy Island. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Palm Cove.

Things to do in Fitzroy Island

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Fitzroy Island National Park ©
Fitzroy Island National Park

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Palm Cove

Palm Cove ©
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
On the 6th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, stop by Annie's Ladies Boutique, then experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and finally get great views at Rex Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, then explore and take pictures at Jaques Coffee Plantation, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Palm Cove itinerary tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Fitzroy Island to Palm Cove. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Palm Cove

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Rex Lookout, Jaques Coffee Plantation, Trinity Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Spas

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Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Spend the 8th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 9th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas online attractions planner .

Port Douglas is very close to Palm Cove. In January, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Daintree.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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night
Daintree

Daintree is a settlement in North Queensland 111km north of Cairns and 56km from Port Douglas, Queensland. On the 11th (Sat), explore and take pictures at Australian Muster Experience, take in the exciting artwork at Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, then admire the sheer force of Tranquility Falls, and finally get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Daintree trip simple and quick.

Getting from Port Douglas to Daintree by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. January in Daintree sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Daintree

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Australian Muster Experience
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Floravilla Ice Cream Factory ©
Floravilla Ice Cream Factory

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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.
On the 12th (Sun), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip planner.

Traveling by car from Daintree to Cairns takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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