43 days in Australia Itinerary

43 days in Australia Itinerary

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43 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
1
Brisbane
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + Ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
2
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + Ferry + Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
6
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
7
Hobart
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Blackheath
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
12
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Brisbane

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mooloolaba (SunJet Simulations & Mooloolaba Beach), BLAST Aqua Park Coolum (in Coolum Beach) and Podie Pie (in Nambour). The adventure continues: stroll around South Bank Parklands, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane tour builder site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Brisbane. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Podie Pie, BLAST Aqua Park Coolum
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, kick back and relax at Eli Creek, make a trip to K'gari, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Indian Head.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Fraser Island holiday builder .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In January in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Lake Birrabeen ©
Lake Birrabeen

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns holiday maker site .

You can 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 January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Port Douglas: Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation), Tranquility Falls (in Daintree) and Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout, take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery, and stop by With Sugar.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip website .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. January in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Tranquility Falls, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:
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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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, hike along Kuniya Walk, and view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Port Douglas, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 43°C to lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden and then contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River and then contemplate the long history of Fremantle Prison.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Perth online road trip planner .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January; daily highs in Perth reach 38°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 22:
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

2
nights
Hobart

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.
Step out of Hobart with an excursion to Three Capes Track in Port Arthur--about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, examine the collection at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hobart day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Hobart takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Hobart. In January, Hobart is a bit cooler than Perth - with highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Three Capes Track
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 25:
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Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington

6
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 35 min away. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne online holiday builder .

Getting from Hobart to Melbourne by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Hobart in January, you will find days in Melbourne are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Canberra day trip planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Canberra, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Blackheath.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 1:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

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nights
Blackheath

Blackheath ©
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Change things up with these side-trips from Blackheath: Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin), Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, don't miss a visit to Leura Cascades, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Blackheath trip builder app .

You can drive from Canberra to Blackheath in 4 hours. Traveling from Canberra in February, Blackheath is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Blackheath

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Katoomba, Leura, Jenolan Caves, The National Pass, Bilpin Cider Company
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Bilpin Cider Company ©
Bilpin Cider Company
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

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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, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, read Sydney trip builder website .

You can drive from Blackheath to Sydney in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in February, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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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 12th (Wed): stroll through Lagoon Beach, then get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, play a few rounds at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, and then trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Lord Howe Island travel tool .

Getting from Sydney to Lord Howe Island by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 13:
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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