46 days in Australia Itinerary

46 days in Australia Itinerary

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46 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
1
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Leura
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
8
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5​h 45​min
9
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
10
Cairns
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  4​h 45​min
11
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+5
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Drive + Ferry + Drive:  11​h 15​min
12
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + Ferry + Drive + Fly:  11​h 15​min
13
Longreach
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Brisbane

3
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World (in Maleny) and Mooloolaba (SunJet Simulations & Mooloolaba Beach). And it doesn't end there: stroll around South Bank Parklands, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Brisbane travel itinerary planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Brisbane. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 20:
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach, examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum, then stroll through Ned's Beach, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower, play a few rounds at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, and then stroll through Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

6
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
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, trails, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary planning tool .

Fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Leura.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 28:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

4
nights
Leura

Leura ©
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. Go for a jaunt from Leura to Bilpin to see Bilpin Cider Company about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, take some stellar pictures from Echo Point Lookout, take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, and explore and take pictures at The National Pass.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Leura trip planning app .

You can drive from Sydney to Leura in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Leura, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Leura

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blackheath, Katoomba, The National Pass, Wentworth Falls, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:
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Bilpin Cider Company ©
Bilpin Cider Company
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and then ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Canberra vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Leura to Canberra takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Leura in January since evenings lows in Canberra dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

6
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Change things up with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay (about 1h 20 min away). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne tour planner .

You can fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Canberra, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 8:
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
nights
Perth

Perth ©
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 9th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Fremantle Prison, get engrossed in the history at The Nostalgia Box Museum, and then walk around Kings Park and Botanic Garden. On the next day, steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, then pause for some photo ops at State War Memorial, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Perth trip website .

Fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Perth due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Melbourne in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Perth, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
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, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, and get your bearings at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park attractions tool .

You can fly from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is 1 hour. In January, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a bit warmer than Perth - with highs of 43°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

4
nights
Port Douglas

Port Douglas ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Port Douglas: Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation) and Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip itinerary planning site .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, plan for little chillier days in Port Douglas, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

5
nights
Cairns

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: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see Off-Road Tours, take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Airlie Beach

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 23rd (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Daydream Island Living Reef, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Airlie Beach tour planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Daydream Island Living Reef
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, don't miss a visit to K'gari, stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Indian Head.

Plan my trip to Fraser Island with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Do a combination of bus, flight, ferry, and car from Airlie Beach to Fraser Island in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, flight, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, flight, train, ferry, and car. Traveling from Airlie Beach in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Fraser Island, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Longreach.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

1
night
Longreach

Longreach ©
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. You've now added Spirit of the Outback to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): head outdoors with Spirit of the Outback. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre and then see the interesting displays at QANTAS Founders Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Longreach online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Longreach in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, train, and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Fraser Island in January, you will find days in Longreach are a bit warmer (44°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan

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