45 days in Australia Itinerary

45 days in Australia Itinerary

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45 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + shuttle:  26​h
1
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 15​min
3
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  5​h
6
Leura
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
10
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: London

5
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 Cape Tribulation (Marrdja Botanical Walk, Myall Beach, & more), Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan) and Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas day trip planning site .

London, UK to Port Douglas is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 10 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Walu Wugirriga Lookout, 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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to Green Island, explore and take pictures at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary site .

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. December in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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, enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest, and step off the mainland to explore Waddy Point.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Fraser Island trip planner.

Getting from Cairns to Fraser Island by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Cairns in December since evenings lows in Fraser Island dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach & SunJet Simulations) and Caloundra Coastal Walk (in Kings Beach). There's still lots to do: walk around South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane holiday planning tool .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Brisbane takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In December in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Caloundra Coastal Walk
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 21st (Sat), kick back and relax at 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 see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: tee off at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lord Howe Island day trip planner.

You can fly from Brisbane to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Leura.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

4
nights
Leura

Leura ©
Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. When in Leura, make a side trip to see Bilpin Cider Company in Bilpin, approximately 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath, admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, and trek along Perry's Lookdown.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Leura online attractions planner .

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Leura by combination of flight and train takes about 5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Leura are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Leura

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blackheath, Katoomba, Bilpin Cider Company, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Megalong Creek Estate
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & 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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Sydney trip builder tool .

Getting from Leura to Sydney by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

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

6
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, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Melbourne, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors 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
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 the striking landscape at Uluru, make a trip to Field of Light, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, and take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park attractions planning site .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in January: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 43°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): stroll around Kings Park and Botanic Garden and then steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Swan River and then get engrossed in the history at Fremantle Prison.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Perth road trip planner.

You can 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. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, expect Perth to be little chillier, temps between 38°C and 20°C. You will leave for home on the 13th (Mon).

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

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