44 days in Australia Itinerary

44 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Pacific travel planner
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Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly to Melbourne, Ferry to Cowes
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Cowes
— 3 nights
Drive
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Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly
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Port Macquarie
— 3 nights
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Fly to Hervey Bay, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 3 nights
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Drive to Fraser Island Kingfisher Bay, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Whitsunday Island
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Whitsunday Island
— 3 nights
Train to Townsville, Ferry to Magnetic Island
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Magnetic Island
— 9 nights
Ferry to Breakwater Ferry Terminal, Drive to Cairns
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Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Fly
10
Yulara
— 1 night
Fly
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Cairns
— 1 night
Fly
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Sydney
— 4 nights
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Sydney — 7 nights

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.
Popular historic sites such as Nan Tien Temple and Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (in Albion Park Rail), Blue Mountains National Park (Grand Canyon track, Lincoln's Rock, &more) and Katoomba (Prince Henry Cliff Walk, The Giant Stairway, &more). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Beach, head off the coast to Cockatoo Island, explore the galleries of ATTY Gallery, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sydney travel planner.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Cowes.
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Cowes — 3 nights

Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Get some cultural insight at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit and Dinosaur Dreaming. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wildlife Coast Cruises and Churchill Island. Venture out of the city with trips to Venus Bay Eco Retreat (in Venus Bay) and Bass Coast Rail Trail (in Wonthaggi). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Phillip Island Wildlife Park, step off the mainland to explore Koala Conservation Centre, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cowes Beach.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cowes planning tool.

Getting from Sydney to Cowes by combination of flight and ferry takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sydney in October, things will get a bit cooler in Cowes: highs are around 23°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Melbourne.
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Melbourne — 3 nights

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visit St Paul's Cathedral and Parliament House of Victoria for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Brighton Beach and Melbourne Museum. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail (in Lilydale) and William Ricketts Sanctuary (in Mount Dandenong). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Australian Sports Museum, admire the striking features of Royal Exhibition Building, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and contemplate the long history of Cooks' Cottage.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne tour site.

You can drive from Cowes to Melbourne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Port Macquarie.
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Port Macquarie — 3 nights

Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tacking Point Lighthouse and Old Bottlebutt. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St Thomas Anglican Church and Mid North Coast Maritime Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Macquarie: Elands (Ellenborough Falls Kiosk & Ellenborough Falls) and The Slim Dusty Centre (in Kempsey). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, examine the collection at Port Macquarie Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Beach, and take an exotic tour of Port Macquarie Camel Safari's.

Make your Port Macquarie itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Fly from Melbourne to Port Macquarie in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Melbourne in October, plan for slightly colder days in Port Macquarie, with highs around 20°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 17°C. On the 17th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fraser Island.
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Fraser Island — 3 nights

On the 18th (Tue), head off the coast to Waddy Point and then kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie and then head outdoors with Australian Sunset Safaris Day Tours.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island vacation planner.

Do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Port Macquarie to Fraser Island in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Traveling from Port Macquarie in October, you will find days in Fraser Island are a bit warmer (31°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Whitsunday Island.
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Whitsunday Island — 3 nights

Explore hidden gems such as Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island trip planner.

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Whitsunday Island in 10 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. On the 23rd (Sun), you're off to Magnetic Island.
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Magnetic Island — 9 nights

You'll get in some beach time at West Point and Alma Bay. Visiting Magnetic Island Time Cruises and Bungalow Bay Koala Village will get you outdoors.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Magnetic Island day trip site.

Traveling by combination of train and ferry from Whitsunday Island to Magnetic Island takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 23°C in Magnetic Island. You'll set off for Cairns on the 1st (Tue).
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Cairns — 3 nights

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Seastar Cruises Reef Day Trips and Babinda Boulders. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Samurai Gallery Australia. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and enjoy the sand and surf at Yorkeys Knob Beach.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns online trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Port Douglas.
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Port Douglas — 3 nights

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 5th (Sat): kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, and then make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel. Here are some ideas for day two: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then cast your line with Hook-A-Barra, then take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout, and finally enjoy the sea views from Flagstaff Hill Lighthouse.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas day trip planner.

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Yulara.
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Yulara — 1 night

Yulara takes its name from the local Aboriginal words for "howling" and "dingoes," which conveys the town's isolated location in the Outback.
On the 7th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Uluru Camel Tours, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, then hike along Kuniya Walk, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and finally get great views at Imalung Lookout.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Yulara trip maker tool.

Getting from Port Douglas to Yulara by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Port Douglas to Yulara, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Port Douglas, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yulara, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Cairns.
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Cairns — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Ellis Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Captain Cook Highway Rock Stacks. Here are some ideas for day two: cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then view the masterpieces at Didi La Baysse Art Studio & Gallery.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Cairns vacation planning website.

Fly from Yulara to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Yulara to Cairns, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Yulara, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Sydney.
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Sydney — 4 nights

Get some historical perspective at Anzac Memorial and Central Railway Station. You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Manly to see Shelly Beach about 36 minutes away. Explore Sydney further: trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and make a trip to Sydney Opera House.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cairns in November; daily highs in Sydney reach 29°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Australia travel guide

4.5
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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Phillip Island travel guide

4.3
Wildlife Areas · Islands · Dolphin & Whale Watching
A rocky outcrop set against the charming backdrop of the Westernport Bay, Phillip Island boasts sandy beaches and scenic hillsides. Important preservation areas exist on the island, serving as home to a variety of species, such as wallabies, kangaroos, and seals. Surfing is a popular activity, with the area’s waves and breakers being renowned as among the most reliable in the country.
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