40 days in Australia Itinerary

40 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia visit planner

Make it your trip
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Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly to Darwin, Drive to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 6 nights
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Drive to Darwin, Fly to Alice Springs, Drive to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
Fly to Sydney, Train to Leura
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Leura
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly
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Melbourne
— 5 nights
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Exmouth
— 2 nights
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Port Douglas

— 4 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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mossman Gorge Centre, soak in some Japanese tradition at The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas travel route builder app.

Dublin, Ireland to Port Douglas is an approximately 28-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Dublin to Port Douglas. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Dublin in July, with highs in Port Douglas at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 28:

Cape Tribulation

— 3 nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Photography Tours in Daintree (about 58 minutes away). There's still lots to do: stroll through Cape Tribulation Beach, get a new perspective on nature at Daintree Entomological museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, and experience rural life at Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation visit planner.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation by car takes about 2 hours. July in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 28 — 31:

Cairns

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). Spend the 1st (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 3rd (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cairns online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 5:

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

— 6 nights
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is known for nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an exotic tour of Animal Tracks Safari, admire the sheer force of Motor Car Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Nourlangie Rock, and trek along Bardedjilidji Walk.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip website.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Cairns to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cairns to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 11:

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 4 nights
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Uluru, explore the striking landscape at Walpa Gorge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and take in the pleasant sights at Mala Walk.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip maker website.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Leura.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 15:

Leura

— 3 nights
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. Step out of Leura to go to Bilpin and see Bilpin Cider Company, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls Lookout, buy something for everyone on your list at Leura Mall, get great views at Gordon Falls Lookout, and explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Leura trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Leura takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Leura, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Leura, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Leura

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 18:

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sydney route planner.

You can drive from Leura to Sydney in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Leura in August, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to fly to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 23:

Melbourne

— 5 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 28th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, get engrossed in the history at Jewish Holocaust Centre, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in August, things will get slightly colder in Melbourne: highs are around 16°C and lows about 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Exmouth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Tours · Museums · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 23 — 28:

Exmouth

— 2 nights
Exmouth is a town on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): kick back and relax at Turquoise Bay and then stroll through Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ningaloo Reef and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Exmouth trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Melbourne to Exmouth in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Exmouth. Traveling from Melbourne in August, expect nights in Exmouth to be somewhat warmer, around 13°C, while days are much warmer, around 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Exmouth

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 28 — 30:

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
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.