41 days in Australia Itinerary

41 days in Australia Itinerary

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41 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Lord Howe Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Katoomba
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  6​h
5
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
8
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
9
Cairns
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + subway + shuttle:  24​h
End: Seattle

4
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.
Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Maleny (Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World & Gerrards Lookout) and Mooloolaba (SunJet Simulations & HMAS Brisbane). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around South Bank Parklands, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Brisbane visit planner .

Seattle, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 18 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Seattle in February: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 83°F and lows are around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Maleny
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

3
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Lord Howe Island is known for beaches, trails, nature, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Ned's Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lord Howe Island holiday maker .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

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: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, wander the streets of The Rocks, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Sydney are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

5
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Change things up with these side-trips from Katoomba: Hassan's Wall (in Lithgow), Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, get great views at The Three Sisters, admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, and Head underground at Jenolan Caves.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Katoomba holiday site .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in February, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Blackheath, Leura, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, The National Pass, Wentworth Falls
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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.
Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Melbourne holiday planning app .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Melbourne in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Katoomba in February, plan for a bit cooler nights in Melbourne, with lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

3
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Perth: Fremantle Prison (in Fremantle) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mandurah). The adventure continues: walk around Kings Park and Botanic Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, and explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of Western Australia.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Perth road trip planning site .

Getting from Melbourne to Perth by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne to Perth, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Melbourne in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Perth: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trips

Fremantle Prison, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

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: explore and take pictures at Uluru, get your bearings at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, and take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online tour planner .

You can fly from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Another option is to drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in March, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 95°F and 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

4
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Explore Port Douglas' surroundings by going to Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation) and Diwan (Alexandra Bay Waterfall & Daintree Entomological museum). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, stop by Funstuff by Lynda, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas travel route website .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in March, you will find days in Port Douglas are a bit cooler (87°F), and nights are about the same (74°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

5
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.
When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to Green Island, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns visit planner.

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In March, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 17:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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