40 days in Australia Itinerary

40 days in Australia Itinerary

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Start: London
Fly:  24 h
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Sydney
— 8 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Byron Bay
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Noosa
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Rainbow Beach
— 1 night
Drive + Ferry:  4 h 30 min
7
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
Ferry + Drive:  7 h 45 min
8
Seventeen Seventy
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9 h 30 min
9
Whitsunday Island
— 2 nights
Bus:  45 min
10
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Drive + Ferry:  4 h 30 min
11
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
Ferry + Drive:  3 h 15 min
12
Mission Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
13
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Singapore

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Discover out-of-the-way places like St Paul's Cathedral and St. Patrick's Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, engage your brain at Australian Centre for the Moving Image, walk around Fitzroy Gardens, and take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online travel route builder.

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from London in January; daily highs in Melbourne reach 32°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:
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Australian Centre for the Moving Image ©
Australian Centre for the Moving Image
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral
Balloon Rides

8
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. Venture out of the city with trips to The Three Sisters (in Katoomba), Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Everglades Historic House and Gardens (in Leura). The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll around Hyde Park, stroll through Bondi Beach, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in January, with lows around 23°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Bondi, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Shelly Beach, Everglades Historic House and Gardens
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Speed Boats Tours
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

7
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.
You've now added Surfers Paradise Beach to your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Kayaking & Canoeing and Pat Morton Lookout. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, get great views at Broken Head Nature Reserve, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ainsworth.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Byron Bay online travel route planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Byron Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. On the 21st (Fri), you're off to Brisbane.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lennox Head, Broken Head, Surfers Paradise Beach
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing
Spas

1
night
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.
On the 21st (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel).

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane tour planning app.

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Brisbane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Byron Bay in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Brisbane, with lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Anzac Square & Memorial Galleries ©
Anzac Square & Memorial Galleries
Zero Latency ©
Zero Latency

1
night
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Tewantin National Park, take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout, and then explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Noosa online tour planner.

Getting from Brisbane to Noosa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Noosa

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Tewantin National Park ©
Tewantin National Park
Laguna Lookout ©
Laguna Lookout

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 24th (Mon), see Off-Road Tours and then take in the dramatic natural features at Carlo Sand Blow.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Rainbow Beach online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Noosa to Rainbow Beach in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Nature Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Carlo Sand Blow ©
Carlo Sand Blow
Off-Road Tours

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 25th (Tue), delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest, thenexplore the activities along Wanggoolba Creek, and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek and then step off the mainland to explore Waddy Point.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Rainbow Beach to Fraser Island takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Seventeen Seventy.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Nature Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest

2
nights
Seventeen Seventy

Seventeen Seventy, also written as 1770, is a town and locality in Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia, built on the site of the second landing by James Cook and the crew of HM Bark Endeavour in May 1770 (Cook's first landing in what is now the state of Queensland). On the 27th (Thu), cast your line with a fishing tour, thenexplore the wealth of natural beauty at Lady Musgrave Island, and then appreciate the history behind Lieutenant James Cook Monument Cairn.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Seventeen Seventy trip tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Fraser Island to Seventeen Seventy takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, car, train, bus, and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Seventeen Seventy can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 28th (Fri), you'll travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Seventeen Seventy

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Lady Musgrave Island
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Lady Musgrave Island ©
Lady Musgrave Island

2
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 29th (Sat), explore the activities along Hill Inlet, enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach, and then step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands National Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island visit planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Seventeen Seventy to Whitsunday Island. In January in Whitsunday Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. You'll set off for Airlie Beach on the 31st (Mon).

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Grotty Yachty Clothing, and then stroll through Whitsunday Great Walk.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach visit planner.

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In January in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas
Bicentennial Walkway ©
Bicentennial Walkway

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): play a few rounds at Magnetic Island Country Club, tour the pleasant surroundings at Geoffrey Bay, thenhead off the coast to Magnetic Island Forts Walk, and finally explore the activities along Arthur Bay. On the next day, explore the galleries of Magnetic Island Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at West Point.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Magnetic Island trip maker site.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk
West Point
West Point
Magnetic Island Country Club ©
Magnetic Island Country Club

1
night
Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Helen Wiltshire Gallery and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mission Beach day trip site.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Mission Beach in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. On the 4th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Helen Wiltshire Gallery ©
Helen Wiltshire Gallery

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and St Monica's Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Barrine (in Yungaburra) and The Crystal Caves (in Atherton). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Michaelmas Cay, admire the striking features of Freshwater Station, and admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Mission Beach to Cairns in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Lake Barrine, The Crystal Caves
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum ©
The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum
Off-Road Tours

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