40 days in Australia Itinerary

40 days in Australia Itinerary

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Sydney
— 5 nights
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Wollongong
— 4 nights
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Canberra
— 3 nights
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Perisher Valley
— 1 night
Drive
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Albury
— 2 nights
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Echuca
— 1 night
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Bendigo
— 1 night
Drive
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Ballarat
— 2 nights
Drive
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Geelong
— 3 nights
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Townsville
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Cairns
— 4 nights
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Coolangatta
— 3 nights
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Main Beach
— 1 night
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
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Gladstone
— 1 night
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Port Macquarie
— 5 nights
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Sydney — 5 nights

The Harbour City

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Head to Sydney Fish Market and Opal Mindedfor plenty of shopping. Step out of Sydney to go to Manly and see Shelly Beach, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Dee Why Beach, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Balmoral Beach, Mosman.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sydney itinerary planner.

Melbourne to Sydney is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in September, expect Sydney to be somewhat warmer, temps between 25°C and 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Wollongong.
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Wollongong — 4 nights

Wollongong, informally referred to as "The Gong", is a seaside city located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. Get outdoors at Hyams Beach and Kiama Blowhole. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Blenheim Beach and Murrays Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Wollongong: Werri Beach (in Gerringong) and Greenfield Beach (in Vincentia). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Beach Cove Belmore Basin.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Wollongong attractions planner.

Getting from Sydney to Wollongong by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Wollongong, with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can fly to Canberra.
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Canberra — 3 nights

The Bush Capital

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.
National Portrait Gallery and Australian War Memorial are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Old Parliament House and National Museum of Australia. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin, look for gifts at Trove Canberra, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Canberra trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Wollongong to Canberra takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Wollongong in September, with highs in Canberra at 20°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Perisher Valley.
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Perisher Valley — 1 night

Perisher Valley, commonly called Perisher, is a valley formed below Mount Perisher, a mountain that is located in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, Australia.Located in the Snowy Monaro Regional Council, the valley is the site of one of four resort bases of the Perisher Ski Resort, which also comprises Guthega, Blue Cow and Smiggin Holes. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church, take in the waterfront at Snow Gums Boardwalk, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kosciuszko National Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Perisher Valley online visit planner.

Getting from Canberra to Perisher Valley by car takes about 3 hours. While traveling from Canberra, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Perisher Valley, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Albury.
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Albury — 2 nights

Albury, a major regional city in New South Wales, Australia, is located on the Hume Highway and the northern side of the Murray River. On the 4th (Tue), do a tasting at Pfeiffer Wines and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. On the next day, browse the exhibits of Sluga Gallery and then stop by Beechworth Honey.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Albury road trip site.

You can drive from Perisher Valley to Albury in 4.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Perisher Valley in October, with highs in Albury at 26°C and lows at 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Echuca.
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Echuca — 1 night

Echuca is a town located on the banks of the Murray River and Campaspe River in Victoria, Australia. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): engage your brain at TwistED Science, then contemplate the long history of Port of Echuca Discovery Centre, and then get engrossed in the history at Echuca Historical Society Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Echuca trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Albury to Echuca takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bendigo.
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Bendigo — 1 night

The architect Vahland had designs to make Bendigo a "Vienna of the south" by encouraging European artisans to immigrate to the city.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Post Office Gallery (Bendigo Art Gallery), brush up on your military savvy at The Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bendigo Joss House Temple, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Weeroona.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Bendigo road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Echuca to Bendigo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ballarat.
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Ballarat — 2 nights

The Golden City

Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
On the 8th (Sat), stop by Chocolate Mill, learn about winemaking at Passing Clouds Winery, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wendouree. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Sovereign Hill and then look for gifts at Portal 108.

Discover how to plan a Ballarat trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Bendigo to Ballarat in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October in Ballarat, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Geelong.
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Geelong — 3 nights

Geelong is a port city located on Corio Bay and the Barwon River, in the state of Victoria, Australia, 75km south-west of the state capital, Melbourne. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): kick back and relax at 13th Beach and then take in the dramatic scenery at Buckley Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Anglesea Surf Centre, then enjoy the sand and surf at Fisherman's Beach, and then kick back and relax at Bells Beach.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Geelong trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Ballarat to Geelong in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Geelong sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Townsville.
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Townsville

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Townsville tour itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Geelong to Townsville in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Geelong in October, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Townsville: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Cairns.
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Cairns — 4 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Michaelmas Cay. Visit Palm Cove Beach and Four Mile Beach for some beach relaxation. It doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral and admire the masterpieces at Cairns Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip site.

Fly from Townsville to Cairns in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to fly to Coolangatta.
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Coolangatta — 3 nights

A wrecked schooner that washed up on shore in 1846 is the namesake for the Coolangatta.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Burleigh Heads Beach and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre. Bring the kids along to Coolangatta Beach and Kirra Beach. Explore Coolangatta's surroundings by going to Robina Town Centre (in Robina) and Lennox Head (Pat Morton Lookout & Lake Ainsworth). There's more to do: enjoy the sea views from Fingal Head Lighthouse.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Coolangatta trip itinerary planning website.

Fly from Cairns to Coolangatta in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cairns in October, with highs in Coolangatta at 29°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Main Beach.
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Main Beach — 1 night

Lined with nonindigenous pines, Main Beach is a suburb on the Gold Coast in Queensland.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach and then view the masterpieces at Boomerang Art - Aboriginal & Contemporary Fine Art.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Main Beach sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Coolangatta to Main Beach takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and tram. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Brisbane.
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Brisbane — 2 nights

Australia's New World City

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.
On the 21st (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Albert Street Uniting Church, admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, and then take a stroll through West End. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel) and then don't miss a visit to Boggo Road Gaol (Jail).

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Main Beach to Brisbane takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of tram and train. In October, daytime highs in Brisbane are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Gladstone.
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Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:

Gladstone — 1 night

Gladstone is a city in the Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia. Plan a trip to Gladstone easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can drive from Brisbane to Gladstone in 6 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Gladstone can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll travel to Port Macquarie.
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Port Macquarie — 5 nights

Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Head to The Gloucester Gallery and Delinquent Funkfor plenty of shopping. You'll explore and learn at The Slim Dusty Centre and Port Macquarie Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Scotts Head Beach (in Scotts Head), Vasnas Designs (in Wauchope) and North Brother Mountain (in Laurieton). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, trek along Googik heritage Trail, stroll around Rocks Ferry Reserve, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Coastal walk.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Port Macquarie vacation planner.

Drive from Gladstone to Port Macquarie in 11.5 hours. Traveling from Gladstone in October, expect Port Macquarie to be a bit cooler, temps between 20°C and 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.
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