45 days in Australia & Rerik Itinerary

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Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
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Port Douglas, Australia
— 2 nights
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Brisbane, Australia
— 19 nights
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Blackheath, Australia
— 1 night
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Katoomba, Australia
— 2 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), Australia
— 1 night
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Rerik, Germany
— 1 night
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Cairns, Australia — 3 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Lagoon Pool. Spend the 4th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary tool.

Chennai, India to Cairns is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chennai to Cairns is 4.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Chennai in January since evenings lows in Cairns dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.
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Port Douglas, Australia — 2 nights

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.
On the 5th (Sat), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas day trip planning app.

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Brisbane.
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Brisbane, Australia — 19 nights

Australia's New World City

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like South Bank Parklands and Roma Street Parkland. Venture out of the city with trips to Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach), Dreamworld (in Coomera) and Surfers Paradise (SkyPoint Observation Deck, Infinity Attraction, &more). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, meet the residents at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, kick back and relax at Dicky Beach, and get to know the resident critters at Australia Zoo.

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

You can fly from Port Douglas to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Port Douglas in January, expect nights in Brisbane to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are slightly colder, around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Blackheath.
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Blackheath, Australia — 1 night

Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Logan Brae Orchard, get great views at Govetts Leap, then take some stellar pictures from Pulpit Rock Lookout, and finally get great views at Evans Lookout. Keep things going the next day: take a peaceful walk through Perry's Lookdown.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Blackheath trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Brisbane to Blackheath by car takes about 10.5 hours. Traveling from Brisbane in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Blackheath, with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Katoomba.
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Katoomba, Australia — 2 nights

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Three Sisters. On the 28th (Mon), get great views at The Three Sisters, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls Lookout, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along The Giant Stairway, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Katoomba itinerary planner.

Katoomba is just a short distance from Blackheath. January in Katoomba sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Sydney.
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Sydney, Australia — 4 nights

The Harbour City

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.
You've now added Bondi Beach to your itinerary. Kids will appreciate attractions like Bondi to Coogee Walk and Clovelly Beach. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Sydney day trip tool.

Getting from Katoomba to Sydney by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Melbourne.
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Melbourne, Australia — 4 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kids will enjoy The Great Ocean Road and Melbourne Zoo. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the landmark architecture of Old Safety Deposit Building, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and tour the water at your own pace with Melbourne Boat Hire.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sydney in February since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia — 3 nights

Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.
Family-friendly places like Uluru and Valley of the Winds will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, trek along Kuniya Walk, stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, and contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip site.

Getting from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in February, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 43°C and lows at 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), Australia — 1 night

Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): trek along Bardedjilidji Walk and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Maguk Gorge. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Mamukala Billabong and then take in the dramatic natural features at Nanguluwurr Art Site.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 11.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rerik.
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Rerik, Germany — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): make a trip to Evangelische Johanneskirche.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rerik sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Rerik. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8.5 hours traveling from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Rerik. February in Rerik sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of 1°C at night. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.
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Northern Territory travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums · Wildlife Areas
A largely unpopulated, parched land of deep red desert, spectacular rock formations, and small, isolated settlements, Northern Territory has perhaps the most distinctively Australian aesthetic of all the country’s states. The region’s towns and cities are clustered around the Stuart Highway--the iconic road that serves as Northern Territory’s main artery--rather than the coastline, as is normally the case in Australia.
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