42 days in Australia Itinerary

42 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Cowes
— 3 nights
2
Melbourne
— 5 nights
3
Sydney
— 6 nights
4
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
5
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
6
Cairns
— 4 nights
7
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
8
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
9
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
10
Geraldton
— 2 nights

3
nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Bring the kids along to YCW Beach and Kitty Miller Bay. Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at A Maze'N Things, get to know the resident critters at The Nobbies Centre, step off the mainland to explore Churchill Island, and enjoy the sand and surf at The Colonnades.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cowes itinerary maker website.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Cowes is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Cowes due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in Cowes are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Phillip Island, Summerlands, Newhaven, Kitty Miller Bay, YCW Beach
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 24:
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Kitty Miller Bay ©
Kitty Miller Bay
Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre
A Maze'N Things ©
A Maze'N Things

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Royal Botanic Gardens and Zero Latency. When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee, approximately Werribee away. There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, make a trip to Fitzroy Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne road trip planner.

Getting from Cowes to Melbourne by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in March, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 29:
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

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.
Attractions like Bondi to Coogee Walk and Royal Botanic Garden Sydney make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Odd Mountain (in Katoomba). And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sydney route maker site.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in March since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Odd Mountain, Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 4:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, then stroll through Ned's Beach, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: play a few rounds at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Lord Howe Standard Time, which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 6:
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kids will enjoy Lake Birrabeen and Lake McKenzie.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island online holiday planner.

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Fraser Island by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 13 hours. The time zone difference moving from Lord Howe Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is minus 0.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli 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.
Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach will thrill your kids. Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). Spend the 12th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, cool off at Cairns Wake park, kick back and relax at Ellis Beach, and let little ones run wild at Figtree Playground.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns journey planning app.

Do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Cairns in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In April, daytime highs in Cairns are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Yorkeys Knob Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Ellis Beach, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 16:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
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.
Family-friendly places like Myall Beach and Photography Tours will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Cape Tribulation side-trips: Bloomfield Waterfall (in Bloomfield) and Cow Bay (Daintree Discovery Centre, Cow Bay Beach, &more). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Thornton Beach, get a new perspective on nature at Daintree Entomological museum, and kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cape Tribulation planning website.

Getting from Cairns to Cape Tribulation by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Photography Tours, Bloomfield Waterfall
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 20:
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Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Photography Tours
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Next up on the itinerary: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, get outside with Horses in Port, stop by With Sugar, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip planning tool.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 24:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Kids will enjoy Uluru and Mutitjulu Waterhole. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, hike along Kuniya Walk, explore the striking landscape at Walpa Gorge, and admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Traveling from Port Douglas in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Geraldton.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 27:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

2
nights
Geraldton

Geraldton ©
Geraldton is a coastal city in the Mid West region of Western Australia, located 424km north of Perth.At June 2015 Geraldton had an estimated urban population of 39,825. On the 28th (Tue), kick back and relax at South Beach and then stroll through Tarcoola Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: step aboard HMAS Sydney II Memorial, then enjoy the sand and surf at Back Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Francis Xavier Cathedral, and finally kick back and relax at Town Beach.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Geraldton online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Geraldton takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Geraldton, you'll gain 1.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Geraldton

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

South Beach
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 30:
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Back Beach ©
Back Beach
South Beach ©
South Beach
HMAS Sydney II Memorial ©
HMAS Sydney II Memorial

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