44 days in Australia Itinerary

44 days in Australia Itinerary

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44 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h
1
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Katoomba
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  18​h 45​min
4
Fraser Island
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
5
Brisbane
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h
6
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Cairns
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  26​h
End: London

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay--about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planner.

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from London in June; daily highs in Melbourne reach 16°C and lows reach 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 26:
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, stroll through Manly Beach, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in June, with highs in Sydney at 21°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums
Find places to stay Jun 26 — Jul 2:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

4
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Explore Katoomba's surroundings by going to Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin), Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Katoomba trip maker .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Sydney in July, Katoomba is a bit cooler at night with lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blackheath, Jenolan Caves, Wentworth Falls, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Everglades Historic House and Gardens
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 6:
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Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

5
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: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, don't miss a visit to K'gari, take a tour of Maheno Wreck, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Fraser Island travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, ferry, and car from Katoomba to Fraser Island takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Katoomba in July, with highs in Fraser Island at 26°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest

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.
Go for a jaunt from Brisbane to Maleny to see Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: walk around South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, explore the activities along The Brisbane River, and identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Brisbane in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In July, daytime highs in Brisbane are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 16:
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

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Daydream Island Living Reef and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Airlie Beach tour builder site .

Getting from Brisbane to Airlie Beach by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Airlie Beach when traveling from Brisbane in July, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Daydream Island Living Reef
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to Green Island, see Off-Road Tours, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip tool .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Airlie Beach, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 23:
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cape Tribulation side-trips: Cow Bay (Daintree Discovery Centre & Walu Wugirriga Lookout) and Photography Tours (in Daintree). Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Marrdja Botanical Walk, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Daintree National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach, and stroll through Myall Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation travel route planner.

Getting from Cairns to Cape Tribulation by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. July in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Photography Tours
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk
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.
Take a break from Port Douglas with a short trip to Rex Lookout in Wangetti, about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, trot along with a tour on horseback, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre.

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

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Rex Lookout, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Jul 27 — Aug 1:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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