43 days in Australia Itinerary

43 days in Australia Itinerary

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Fly
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Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Ferry to Hamilton Island, Fly to Cairns
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Cairns
— 6 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Fly
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Broome
— 3 nights
Fly to Onslow, Drive to Exmouth
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Exmouth
— 2 nights
Fly to Perth, Bus to Margaret River
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Margaret River
— 5 nights
Drive
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Albany
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kangaroo Island
— 5 nights
Fly
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Hobart
— 6 nights
Fly
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Port Macquarie
— 3 nights
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Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitsunday Crocodile Safari and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach online trip maker.

Brisbane to Airlie Beach is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Brisbane in December since evenings lows in Airlie Beach dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:

Cairns

— 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Billy Tea Safaris and Spas. Get in touch with nature at Trinity Beach and Michaelmas Cay. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary & Barron Falls) and Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove). Spend the 21st (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: see Off-Road Tours, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, take a tour by water with Seastar Cruises Reef Day Trips, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cairns online trip maker.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 24:

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.
Visiting Daintree National Park and Mossman Gorge Centre will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Opal Reef and Spas. When in Port Douglas, make a side trip to see Photography Tours in Daintree, approximately Daintree away. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas sightseeing planning tool.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Broome.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:

Broome

— 3 nights

Yawuru Country

A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
On the 28th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Broome Historical Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Malcolm Douglas Broome Crocodile Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then explore the striking landscape at Gantheaume Point.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Broome online vacation planner.

Fly from Port Douglas to Broome in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Port Douglas to Broome due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Port Douglas in December, Broome is a bit warmer at night with lows of 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Exmouth.

Things to do in Broome

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:

Exmouth

— 2 nights
Exmouth is a town on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): enjoy the sea views from Vlamingh Head Lighthouse and then enjoy the sand and surf at Turquoise Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Yardie Creek.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Exmouth trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Broome to Exmouth takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Broome in December, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Exmouth: temperatures range from 43°C by day to 24°C at night. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Exmouth

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Margaret River

— 5 nights
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Get in touch with nature at Ngilgi Cave and Kayaking & Canoeing. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and Wine Tours & Tastings. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Margaret River: Canal Rocks (in Yallingup), Meelup Beach (in Dunsborough) and Jewel Cave (in Augusta). It doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave and explore and take pictures at Caves Road.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Margaret River trip planning app.

Getting from Exmouth to Margaret River by combination of flight and bus takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:

Albany

— 4 nights
Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
Take a break from the city and head to Tree Top Walk and Greens Pool. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Boat Tours & Water Sports and Little Beach. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge and see the interesting displays at National Anzac Centre.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Albany online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Margaret River to Albany in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. You will leave for Kangaroo Island on the 10th (Mon).

Things to do in Albany

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:

Kangaroo Island

— 5 nights
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Step out of the city life by going to Raptor Domain and Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Admirals Arch and Kangaroo Island Spirits. Spend the 13th (Thu) exploring nature at Flinders Chase National Park. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and see Off-Road Tours.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kangaroo Island trip planning tool.

Getting from Albany to Kangaroo Island by flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, ferry, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Albany to Kangaroo Island is 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to fly to Hobart.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 15:

Hobart

— 6 nights

Tasmania's Capital City

Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hobart Convict Penitentiary and Constitution Dock. Visiting The Neck and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary will get you outdoors. On the 18th (Tue), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, sample the tasty concoctions at Cascade Brewery, get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Lark Distillery.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hobart online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Kangaroo Island to Hobart takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 0.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 21:

Port Macquarie

— 3 nights
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Take a break from the city and head to Coastal walk and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tacking Point Lighthouse and Roto House. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Macquarie: South West Rocks (Trial Bay Gaol & Smoky Cape Lighthouse). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Koala Hospital.

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Traveling by flight from Hobart to Port Macquarie takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Hobart in January since evenings lows in Port Macquarie dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Noosa.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:

Noosa

— 2 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mooloolaba Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Noosa Main Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Noosa trip planner.

Fly from Port Macquarie to Noosa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 26:

Hervey Bay

— 2 nights
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): cool off at WetSide Water Park and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the landscape on two wheels at Esplanade and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

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Drive from Noosa to Hervey Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Hervey Bay can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:

Australia travel guide

4.6
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.