27 days in Australia Itinerary

27 days in Australia Itinerary

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27 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Gothenburg
Fly:  31​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Travel:  1​h
2
Fitzroy Island
— 3 nights
Travel:  1​h 30​min
3
Palm Cove
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Brisbane
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
5
Twin Waters
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Tamborine Mountain
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Woolgoolga
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
8
Pokolbin
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h
10
Melbourne
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
11
Apollo Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
12
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Gothenburg


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1
night
Cairns

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.
For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary maker .

Gothenburg, Sweden to Cairns is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Gothenburg to Cairns. Traveling from Gothenburg in December, expect Cairns to be much hotter, temps between 36°C and 26°C. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Fitzroy Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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3
nights
Fitzroy Island

Fitzroy Island ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fitzroy Island National Park and Sunlover Reef Cruises.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Fitzroy Island vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cairns to Fitzroy Island. In December, daily temperatures in Fitzroy Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Palm Cove.

Things to do in Fitzroy Island

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Sunlover Reef Cruises
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Sunlover Reef Cruises ©
Sunlover Reef Cruises
Fitzroy Island National Park ©
Fitzroy Island National Park

3
nights
Palm Cove

Palm Cove ©
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
You've now added Wilderness Eco Safaris to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

Plan trip to Palm Cove with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Fitzroy Island to Palm Cove. In December, daily temperatures in Palm Cove can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Tue) before leaving for Brisbane.

Things to do in Palm Cove

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Wilderness Eco Safaris
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

few
hours
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.
To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane online route planner .

Fly from Palm Cove to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Palm Cove in December, with highs in Brisbane at 32°C and lows at 23°C. You'll set off for Twin Waters on the 24th (Tue).

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Tours Parks
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3
nights
Twin Waters

Twin Waters ©
Kids will enjoy Aqua Fun Park and Aqua Park Bli Bli. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Thrill Hill Waterslide and McMartin's Farm.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Twin Waters online tour planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Twin Waters by car takes about 1.5 hours. December in Twin Waters sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tamborine Mountain.

Things to do in Twin Waters

Theme Parks Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Bli Bli, Thrill Hill Waterslide
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Aqua Park Bli Bli ©
Aqua Park Bli Bli
Thrill Hill Waterslide ©
Thrill Hill Waterslide
McMartin's Farm ©
McMartin's Farm

2
nights
Tamborine Mountain

Tamborine Mountain ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves, don't miss a visit to Canungra War Memorial, and then admire the natural beauty at Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: sample the fine beverages at Tamborine Mountain Distillery, then get your game on at Thunderbird Park, and then admire the sheer force of Curtis Falls.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tamborine Mountain trip planner .

Traveling by car from Twin Waters to Tamborine Mountain takes 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Tamborine Mountain can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Woolgoolga.

Things to do in Tamborine Mountain

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trip

Canungra War Memorial
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Thunderbird Park ©
Thunderbird Park
Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens ©
Canungra War Memorial ©
Canungra War Memorial

1
night
Woolgoolga

Woolgoolga ©
Woolgoolga is a town on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia. On the 29th (Sun), take a peaceful walk through Wedding Bells State Forest.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Woolgoolga road trip site .

Traveling by car from Tamborine Mountain to Woolgoolga takes 4 hours. In December, daytime highs in Woolgoolga are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Pokolbin.

Things to do in Woolgoolga

Parks Nature
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Wedding Bells State Forest ©
Wedding Bells State Forest

2
nights
Pokolbin

Pokolbin ©
With its first vineyards established in the mid 19th century, wine tourism in Pokolbin remains a major draw.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): kick back and relax at Caves Beach. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at Petersons Wines Broke Road and then do a tasting at Gundog Estate.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Pokolbin online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Woolgoolga to Pokolbin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Pokolbin can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Sydney.

Things to do in Pokolbin

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Caves Beach
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Caves Beach ©
Caves Beach
Gundog Estate ©
Gundog Estate
Petersons Wines Broke Road ©
Petersons Wines Broke Road

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bronte Beach and Australian Reptile Park. Kids will enjoy Bondi Beach and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Palm Beach to see Palm Beach about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Sydney online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Pokolbin to Sydney takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Bronte Beach, Palm Beach, Australian Reptile Park
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Australian Reptile Park ©
Australian Reptile Park
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach

few
hours
Melbourne

Melbourne
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, Melbourne is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. On the 6th (Mon), you'll travel to Apollo Bay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Tours
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night
Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the activities along Carisbrook Creek.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, use the Apollo Bay online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Melbourne to Apollo Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Tue) before leaving for Melbourne.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Parks Nature
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nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
Attractions like Eastern Beach Reserve and Eureka Skydeck make great kid-friendly stops. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Australian Centre for the Moving Image and Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. Step out of Melbourne to go to Ballarat and see Ballarat Wildlife Park, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. See even more of Melbourne: explore the world behind art at ArtVo and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Apollo Bay to Melbourne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Eastern Beach Reserve, Ballarat Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park

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