45 days in Australia Itinerary

45 days in Australia Itinerary

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45 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Lorne
— 6 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
3
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
5
Darwin
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
6
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
7
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
9
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h
10
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
11
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h
12
Sydney
— 6 nights
End: Sydney

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get a sense of the local culture at Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Melbourne Central and Federation Square. Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: Koala Conservation Centre (in Cowes) and Panorama Garden Estate (in Boneo). And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, stroll through St. Kilda Beach, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Melbourne driving holiday website .

If you are flying in from India, the closest major airport is Melbourne International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lorne.

Things to do in Melbourne

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Koala Conservation Centre, St. Kilda Beach, Panorama Garden Estate
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 8:
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

6
nights
Lorne

Lorne ©
Lorne is a seaside town on Louttit Bay in Victoria, Australia. Get a sense of the local culture at Dinny Goonan Wines and Split Point Lighthouse. We've included these beaches for you: Lorne Beach and Bells Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay), Port Campbell (Gibsons Steps, Loch Ard Gorge, & more) and Cape Otway Lightstation (in Cape Otway). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, don't miss a visit to Teddy's Lookout, delve into the lush surroundings at Mait's Rest, and admire the sheer force of Erskine Falls.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Lorne using our trip planner.

You can drive from Melbourne to Lorne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Lorne are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Lorne

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Port Campbell, Torquay, Mait's Rest, Dinny Goonan Wines, Split Point Lighthouse
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Erskine Falls ©
Erskine Falls
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles

2
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
On the 15th (Tue), take a stroll through Rundle Mall, contemplate the long history of Adelaide Oval, get a new perspective on nature at South Australian Museum, then explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia, and finally hunt for treasures at Adelaide Central Market.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Adelaide attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Lorne to Adelaide takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Lorne in October since evenings lows in Adelaide dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Adelaide

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16:
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Rundle Mall
Rundle Mall
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Art Gallery of South Australia ©
Art Gallery of South Australia

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Uluru and Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga. For shopping fun, head to Walkatjara Art or Wintjiri Arts + Museum. There's still lots to do: get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, hike along Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and go for a walk through Lungkata Walk.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Adelaide in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around 38°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Wintjiri Arts + Museum
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

3
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Mindil Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility and Defence of Darwin Experience. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Darwin: Adelaide River War Cemetery (in Adelaide River) and Litchfield National Park (in Batchelor). There's more to do: examine the collection at Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Darwin day trip planner.

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Darwin in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 28°C in Darwin. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Adelaide River War Cemetery, Litchfield National Park
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility

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.
Head to Village Gallery and Tanks Arts Centrefor plenty of shopping. Historic Village Herberton and Underart Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Humpy Nut World (in Atherton). And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cairns online trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Darwin to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, Cairns is a bit cooler than Darwin - with highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow time for the bus ride to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Historic Village Herberton, Humpy Nut World, Tanks Arts Centre, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): stop by With Sugar, then take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery, and then get engrossed in the history at Port Douglas Court House Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach, get interesting insight from Tours, and then hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas online trip maker .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

3
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Escape the urban bustle at Catseye Beach and Jetryder. And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wild life Hamilton Island, get your game on at Sports Club, and tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island trip planning tool .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Hamilton Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Port Douglas in October, expect nights in Hamilton Island to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 31°C. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 2:
Highlights from your plan
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Art Gallery ©
Hamilton Island Art Gallery
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll get in some beach time at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Take a break from the city and head to Lake McKenzie and Lake Wabby.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, read our Fraser Island holiday planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Hamilton Island to Fraser Island takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. Expect slightly colder evenings in Fraser Island when traveling from Hamilton Island in November, with lows around 21°C. On the 6th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, then explore the world behind art at Gallery of Modern Art, and finally stop by Noosa Chocolate Factory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mooloolaba Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane day trip planner.

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 November, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mooloolaba Beach, Art on Cairncross
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

3
nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Get outdoors at Cape Byron Walking Track and Belongil Beach. There's still lots to do: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, relax in the rural setting at The Farm Byron Bay, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wategos Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Byron Bay holiday maker app .

Getting from Brisbane to Byron Bay by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Byron Bay when traveling from Brisbane in November, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Australian National Maritime Museum and Hyde Park Barracks Museum. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley) and Pulpit Rock Lookout (in Blue Mountains National Park). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through The Rocks, hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Sydney trip tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Byron Bay in November, expect nights in Sydney to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are little chillier, around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Pulpit Rock Lookout, Gallery One88, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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