An individual trip to Australia is a unique experience for every adventure and nature lover. Look forward to a variety of excursions, such as a jeep tour on Fraser Island or a sailing tour to the Whitsundays. Go scuba diving in the world famous Great Barrier Reef and admire the imposing Uluru. Big cities like Sydney or Melbourne want to be explored by you!
This is an example of a round trip we have conducted on the east coast with Ayers Rock and Darwin and should serve as a source of inspiration. Of course, the itinerary including the destinations can be adjusted. We would be happy to work out a tour tailored to your interests and budget, that is our specialty! According to Countryaah, Australia is one of countries with name starting with letter A.
Best travel time: Australia is a huge country and can therefore be visited all year round.
May to October: north and center of Australia
October to April: south of Australia
Duration of the trip : This trip lasts 4.5 weeks. In general, we recommend planning at least three weeks for a tour of Australia in order to get to know the country and its people away from the tourist hotspots.
Travel planning: Australia is best explored on your own with a rental car. We recommend booking a guided tour at individual locations. We will put together a harmonious route for you and book you the hotels with the best price / performance ratio.
Tip: Do not underestimate the distances and limit yourself to individual areas for a short journey.
Day 1 – 4: Sydney
Your big tour of Australia starts in the metropolis of Sydney. Explore the city: Visit the famous opera house, Darling Harbor, the historic “The Rocks” district as well as Sydney’s shopping streets, the harbor and the botanical garden. Enjoy a sundowner in a bar high above the city in the evening.
Day 4 – 6: Blue Mountains
Today you travel from Sydney to Leura. The highlight of this trip is the Blue Mountains National Park, which is best known for the “Three Sisters” rock formation. South of Katoomba, the world’s steepest passenger train leads into the Jamison Valley, which is covered by eucalyptus forests. The valley can be crossed with a sensational view with the “Scenic Skyway” gondola lift.
Day 6 – 8: Hunter Valley
Relax in the midst of the vineyards. Surrounded by natural bushland, you can escape from everyday life in complete peace.
Day 8 – 9: Port Macquarie
On your onward journey, discover the headland of Port Macquarie directly opposite the city beach. Here you also have the chance to see koalas up close.
Day 9-10: Coffs Harbor
We continue to Coffs Harbor. On the way you can stop in Mabucca Heads and marvel at the beautiful sandy beaches. Coffs Harbor is a popular resort with a subtropical climate and uncrowded beaches on the Pacific coast. Enjoy the natural beauty of the area and explore the local attractions and beach at Korora Bay. From the Sealy Lookout you have an excellent view and in town it is worth strolling along the promenade and the historic wooden jetty.
Day 10 – 11: Byron Bay
Off to the coast in the middle of the 20 hectare sand dune landscape. You drive north with your rental car through subtropical vegetation zones and along banana plantations. Byron Bay’s audience is a mixed bag of surfers, yogis, artists, backpackers and families. The nearby lighthouse “Cape Byron” is the most easterly point on the Australian mainland. Visit one of the many galleries or enjoy the time on the beach. You can even spot humpback whales between May and November.
Day 11-13: Noosa
Welcome to Noosa, one of the most beautiful coastal towns in Australia. Stroll the beaches and explore the restaurants and boutiques.
Day 13-15: Fraser Island
Today you travel to Fraser Island. The largest sand island in the world welcomes you with crystal clear lakes, snow-white sand, dunes, rainforests and sandstone formations. The sea is not so well suited for swimming here, but you can relax in the warm champagne pools. Humpback and sperm whales can be seen in Hervey Bay between August and October.
Day 15 – 17: Brisbane
Brisbane is a must on a round trip to Australia. Take your time to explore Queen Street Mall, the Brisbane River and the South Bank. We recommend taking a sunset cruise on the Brisbane River.
Day 17-18: Airlie Beach
Continue to Airlie Beach to explore the city and its surroundings. Airlie Beach is the starting point for your sailing trip to the Whitsunday Islands. You can leave your rental car for the next few days and just enjoy it.
Day 18 – 20: Whitsundays sailing
turn Turquoise water and white, powdery sugar sand beach awaits you! Board an exclusive sailing catamaran and let yourself be carried away to one of the most beautiful places on earth, the Whitsunday Islands. Who does not know the legendary images of the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef on earth? The experienced captain will respond to your wishes and will happily let experienced sailors take the helm from time to time. You sail to the world’s most beautiful beaches, countless spectacular places for snorkeling and in secluded bays.
Day 20-21: Airlie Beach
Back in Airlie Beach you have free time. Enjoy the time on one of the beautiful beaches of the region or stroll along the promenade including cooling off in the lagoon. The Beach Markets are also always worthwhile on Saturdays.
Day 21: Train journey from Airlie Beach to Cairns
Bus transfer from Airlie Beach to the train station in Proserpine and onward journey by train from Proserpine to Cairns in the “Spirit of Queensland”. Cairns convinces with beautiful markets, great beaches, tropical temperatures and the proximity to the Great Barrier Reef.
Day 21-22: Palm Cove
Make a stop in Palm Cove on your self-drive tour before heading into the rainforest. Here you can once again enjoy the beach and the sea, stroll through the town and let your mind wander.
Day 22: Wooroonooran rainforest (guided tour)
Depart for White Rock for an up-close look at the kangaroos. Then drive to the Atherton Tablelands to the Curtain Fig Tree, a large strangler fig whose drooping roots look like a curtain. At Milla Milla Falls you have the opportunity to take a refreshing swim before continuing on to the Mamu Canopy Walk, a suspension bridge path with a 42m high observation tower in the treetops of the Wooroonooran National Park. This region has one of the most lush and oldest rainforests on earth. Highlights include walks at Josephine Falls with swimming and rock slides in crystal clear rivers. At the end of the day, take a boat tour on the Mulgrave River, into the rainforest to watch birds and crocodiles. Return towards evening.
Day 23: Excursion on your own to Kuranda Dreaming
Drive with your rental car to the Caravonica cable car station. You float with the Skyrail gondola over the treetops of the rainforest and up the Barron River to the mountain village of Kuranda. Visit the train station decorated with tropical plants, followed by a stroll to the market stalls on the edge of the rainforest and through the beautiful town center. Continue to the Rainforest Nature Park with the integrated Pamagirri Aboriginal Center, where performances of didgeridoo music, stories from the dreamtime, and aboriginal dances are offered. Try the boomerang and javelin throwing! On the return journey to Cairns, stop at Freshwater Railway Station. From there you have the option of taking the historic train back.
Day 23-25: Daintree National Park
This national park should not be missed during a tour of Australia. The Daintree Rainforest is the oldest tropical rainforest in the world. A very special spectacle awaits you at Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef.
You can take a trip on your own in a rental car or take part in a guided tour with a guide who will give you a lot of background information about the Daintree rainforest.
Day 25-26: Cairns
Today you travel back to Cairns. The time is at your disposal here. Stroll the Cairns Esplanade, the social and leisure hub of the city. Take a break for breakfast outdoors in one of the cozy cafés or cool off in the large saltwater lagoon. Cruise the mangrove-lined waterways of Trinity Inlet or explore the area on an Aboriginal walking tour to learn about fish, crabs, and medicinal plants. Snorkel or dive with glowing fish and corals, or sail past pristine islands on the Great Barrier Reef.
Day 26-29: Ayers Rock (guided tour)
You fly to Ayers Rock. Discover the highlights of the Red Center with Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon in a comfortable way.
Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park
Exploration tour at Uluru (Ayers Rock) with a walk to the Mutitjulu waterhole and a visit to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta cultural center. Then enjoy the play of colors of the sunset at Uluru with a glass of wine and nibbles.
Uluru – Watarrka National Park
After an early start, you will experience an atmospheric sunrise at Uluru. Then you explore the Walpa Gorge, an easily accessible gorge in the 36 rock domes of Kata Tjuta (Olgas). In the afternoon drive to Watarrka National Park.
Kings Canyon – Alice Springs
In the morning, the approx. 3-hour circular hike along the upper rim of the impressive Kings Canyon awaits you (good fitness required). After a first steep ascent, you will experience views of fascinating gorges and steep walls. The path leads through the rocky landscape “Lost City” and into the “Garden of Eden”. Alternatively, a leisurely walk on the canyon floor. After lunch at Kings Creek Station, continue to Alice Springs.
Day 29-30: Alice Springs
Alice Springs is located in the middle of the outback. Learn about the geology of the Northern Territory at the Museum of Central Australia. There you will find a large collection of minerals, fossils and Aboriginal finds. You can learn more about the local flora and fauna at the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens.
Art lovers have the opportunity to visit galleries with the works of well-known Aboriginal artists in the pedestrianized Todd Mall and buy them.
The excellent Red Ocher Restaurant is known for its Australian dishes.
Very popular – and thanks to the location in the outback, very fascinating, are the early morning trips with the hot air balloon into the outback. Here you can admire the desert city and the red earth from above.
Day 30 – 31: Alice Springs – Darwin
Today you fly from Alice Springs to Darwin. If you travel to Darwin in Australia, you want one thing above all – to experience the fascinating brittleness of the outback and the diverse flora and fauna of the tropics in Australia. Darwin is the capital of the Northern Territory in Australia. The city was named after Charles Darwin, a British naturalist who was best known for his theory of evolution. Near Darwin in Australia are some of the most beautiful national parks in Australia, the Litchfield and the Kakadu National Park.
Day 31 – 32: Kakadu National Park & East Alligator River (guided tour)
On this short trip you will learn more about one of the most famous and fascinating national parks in Australia, the Kakadu National Park. This is a UNESCO world cultural and natural heritage site and you can expect, among other things, fascinating wetlands and ancient Aboriginal rock paintings.
Darwin – Kakadu National Park
Early in the morning drive over the Marrakai Plain and the Adelaide River to the World Heritage protected Kakadu National Park. First you go on the famous Yellow Water boat safari on the huge freshwater lagoon. Keep an eye out for crocodiles and exotic birds as the boat glides over the carpeted freshwater lagoon. After lunch you will visit the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Center, where the informative exhibition gives a good insight into the natural processes of the national park and the culture of the Aborigines. In Nourlangie, a native place of worship, take a stroll to see ancient Aboriginal rock art.
Kakadu National Park – Darwin
In Ubirr you can expect up to 20,000 year old rock paintings of the indigenous people and after a short climb a fantastic view over the wet plains to Arnhem Land. Drive to the East Alligator River where an adventurous boat trip awaits you with the Guluyambi Cruise. Led by an Aboriginal person, you will learn a lot about Aboriginal life and culture along this important river. You are allowed to enter Arnhem Land with the permission of the local tribe. Then visit the Bowali Visitor Center. Return to Darwin in the evening.
Day 32 – 33: Darwin
Use your free time to get to know the city and its surroundings a little better. There are some great restaurants on the promenade and the harbor. The weekly Mindil Beach Markets are a highlight in Darwin. At this market, which is THE highlight in Darwin, you will find great food and stalls with handmade jewelry or art.
33rd day: Flight home or beach extension
Even the most beautiful trip comes to an end. You will be taken to the airport where it is time to say goodbye to Australia. Alternatively, you can also spend a few cozy days on one of the countless beautiful beaches.