40 days in Australia Itinerary

40 days in Australia Itinerary

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40 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Sydney
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Katoomba
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  6​h
4
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
6
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  10​h 30​min
7
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
End: Brisbane

2
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: stroll around South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip planner .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Brisbane. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Museums
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 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

6
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, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of The Rocks, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney online trip builder .

Getting from Brisbane to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Sydney are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

4
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Katoomba: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, get outside with Eagle Rock Adventures Pty Ltd, get great views at The Three Sisters, and stroll through Fortress Rock.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Katoomba day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Sydney in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 9°C in Katoomba. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Leura, Blue Mountains National Park, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Wentworth Falls, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 4:
Highlights from your plan
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Melbourne day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Melbourne takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Katoomba in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Melbourne, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, explore the galleries of Walkatjara Art, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga.

For traveler tips and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip planning website .

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Melbourne in October, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

4
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is known for nature, wildlife, outdoors, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Maguk Gorge, delve into the distant past at Ubirr, contemplate the waterfront views at Jim Jim Falls, and explore the striking landscape at Nanguluwur Art Site.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) tour itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Gunlom Waterfall Creek ©
Gunlom Waterfall Creek

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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). Spend the 18th (Fri) exploring nature at Barron Gorge National Park. There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, walk around Anzac Park, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cairns day trip app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Cairns in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Cairns are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Barron Gorge National Park
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Tribulation: Cow Bay (Walu Wugirriga Lookout & Daintree Discovery Centre) and Photography Tours (in Daintree). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Marrdja Botanical Walk, explore the striking landscape of Daintree National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Thornton Beach, and hike along Dubuji Boardwalk.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation day trip planning site .

Getting from Cairns to Cape Tribulation by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. October in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Photography Tours
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk

5
nights
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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach, identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and head outdoors with The Bump Track.

Discover how to plan a Port Douglas trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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