41 days in Australia Itinerary

41 days in Australia Itinerary

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41 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  26​h
1
Darwin
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  7​h 30​min
4
Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
10
Albany
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
11
Margaret River
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  26​h
End: London

4
nights
Darwin

Darwin ©
The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Litchfield National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Berry Springs Nature Park and Magnetic Termite Mounds. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience, cast your line with a fishing tour, get engrossed in the history at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, and brush up on your military savvy at Darwin Aviation Museum.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Darwin trip itinerary site .

London, UK to Darwin is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Darwin. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from London in November, with highs in Darwin at 39°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Magnetic Termite Mounds, Litchfield National Park
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 4:
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RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility
Darwin Aviation Museum ©
Darwin Aviation Museum
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Photography Tours will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mossman Gorge Centre and Daintree National Park. Change things up with a short trip to Daintree Entomological museum in Diwan (about 1h 10 min away). The adventure continues: see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find out how to plan a trip to Port Douglas, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Darwin to Port Douglas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Photography Tours, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Palm Cove Beach and Historic Village Herberton. Get a sense of the local culture at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Village Gallery. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda--about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary planning site .

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Historic Village Herberton, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 11:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

3
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The National Pass and Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Blue Mountains and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Katoomba: Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves), Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin). The adventure continues: hike along The Giant Stairway, take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, take a peaceful walk through Perry's Lookdown, and take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Katoomba road trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Cairns to Katoomba in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in December, expect little chillier with lows of 19°C in Katoomba. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Jenolan Caves, The National Pass, Perry's Lookdown, Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 15:
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The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

4
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 Opera House and Australian National Maritime Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Manly Beach. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Kiama Blowhole in Kiama--about 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of The Rocks, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, kick back and relax at Clovelly Beach, and stroll through Bondi Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sydney online road trip planner .

Drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kiama Blowhole
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 19:
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

3
nights
Hobart

Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Get some cultural insight at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum and Constitution Dock. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Step out of Hobart to go to Mount Field National Park and see Russell Falls, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, snap pictures at Richmond Bridge, get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hobart trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Sydney to Hobart in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Hobart at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Hobart

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Richmond Bridge, Russell Falls
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum ©
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum
Russell Falls ©
Russell Falls

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Step out of the city life by going to Seal Bay Conservation Park and Admirals Arch. Explore hidden gems such as Flinders Chase National Park and Raptor Domain. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kangaroo Island trip planner.

Getting from Hobart to Kangaroo Island by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:
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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Admirals Arch ©
Admirals Arch

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Bendigo Art Gallery and Federation Square. Get in touch with nature at Lorne Beach and Eastern Beach Reserve. Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Daylesford to see Spas about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, get engrossed in the history at Italian Museum and Historical Society, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner.

You can fly from Kangaroo Island to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In December in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Bendigo Art Gallery, Eastern Beach Reserve, Spas, Lorne Beach
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:
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Bendigo Art Gallery ©
Bendigo Art Gallery
Lorne Beach ©
Lorne Beach
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.
Appreciate the collections at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Walkatjara Art. Step off the beaten path and head to Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and Valley of the Winds. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Uluru, hike along Kuniya Walk, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, and take some stellar pictures from Uluru.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park route planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 42°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Albany.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge

2
nights
Albany

Albany ©
Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
Discover out-of-the-way places like National Anzac Centre and Albany's Historic Whaling Station. Step out of the city life by going to Greens Pool and Little Beach. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Middleton Beach, step aboard Replica of the Brig Amity, don't miss a visit to Albany Wind Farm, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Albany day trip planner.

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Albany in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Albany. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, expect nights in Albany to be little chillier, around 16°C, while days are colder, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Greens Pool
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
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Albany's Historic Whaling Station ©
Albany's Historic Whaling Station
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Little Beach ©
Little Beach

3
nights
Margaret River

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Get in touch with nature at Lake Cave and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore hidden gems such as Meelup Beach and Jewel Cave. Get out of town with these interesting Margaret River side-trips: Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse (in Augusta) and Yallingup (Canal Rocks & Ngilgi Cave). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Mammoth Cave, kick back and relax at Hamelin Bay, and look for gifts at Gabriel Chocolate.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Margaret River trip planner .

You can drive from Albany to Margaret River in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Yallingup, Augusta, Meelup Beach
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
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Jewel Cave ©
Jewel Cave
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach

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