42 days in Australia Itinerary

42 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip planner

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Fly to Cairns, Bus to Cape Tribulation
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Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Fly
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Hervey Bay
— 3 nights
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Drive to River Heads, Ferry to Fraser Island Kingfisher Bay, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 4 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Brisbane
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly
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Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
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Drive to Alice Springs, Fly to Darwin, Drive to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 5 nights
Drive to Darwin, Fly to Perth
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— 2 nights
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Cape Tribulation

— 2 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.
Cape Tribulation is known for adventure, nature, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Marrdja Botanical Walk, stroll through Daintree Entomological museum, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and experience rural life at Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation road trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cape Tribulation is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Amsterdam to Cape Tribulation, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in September; daily highs in Cape Tribulation reach 33°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:

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.
Spend the 27th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, soak in some Japanese tradition at The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio, and get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas driving holiday website.

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:

Cairns

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Spas (in Palm Cove). Spend the 30th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cairns travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 2:

Airlie Beach

— 1 night

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach tour planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in October, expect nights in Airlie Beach to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 3:
Highlights from your trip

Hervey Bay

— 3 nights
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
When in Hervey Bay, make a side trip to see Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing Company in Bundaberg, approximately Bundaberg away. Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, relax and rejuvenate at Hervey Bay Massage and Day Spa, grab your bike and head to Esplanade, and make a splash at WetSide Water Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hervey Bay route planning website.

You can fly from Airlie Beach to Hervey Bay in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Airlie Beach in October since evenings lows in Hervey Bay dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 6:

Fraser Island

— 4 nights
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to K'gari, head off the coast to Waddy Point, explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, and take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island in 5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 10:

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 11th (Tue), walk around South Bank Parklands and then stroll around Roma Street Parkland. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Brisbane trip maker tool.

Getting from Fraser Island to Brisbane by combination of car, ferry, and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:

Lord Howe Island

— 2 nights
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 13th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Lord Howe Island trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Brisbane to Lord Howe Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can fly to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 14:

Sydney

— 4 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: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and stop by Sydney Fish Market.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Sydney route planning app.

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Lord Howe Island to Sydney is minus 0.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can fly to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 18:

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 22nd (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, see the interesting displays at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip maker.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, Melbourne is a bit cooler than Sydney - with highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Museums · Wineries · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 23:

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: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, go for a walk through Mala Walk, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and trek along Kuniya Walk.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. When traveling from Melbourne in October, plan for much warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 38°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 18°C. You'll set off for Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) on the 27th (Thu).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 27:

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

— 5 nights
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 28th (Fri) exploring nature at Maguk Gorge. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Ubirr, stroll through Mamukala Wetlands, get great views at Anbangbang Rock Shelter, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) travel route builder tool.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 27 — Nov 1:

Perth

— 2 nights

City of Light

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 2nd (Wed): walk around Kings Park and Botanic Garden, steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Perth online travel planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Perth in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Perth is minus 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Perth are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 3:

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.