49 days in Australia Itinerary

49 days in Australia Itinerary

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49 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly + Drive:  19​h 15​min
1
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 4 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 45​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 15​min
4
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
5
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Lord Howe Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Katoomba
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
11
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
12
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Dubai

4
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 21st (Sat) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Motor Car Falls, explore the striking landscape at Nanguluwur Art Site, delve into the distant past at Ubirr, and contemplate the long history of Nourlangie Rock.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip itinerary maker app .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 23:
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Motor Car Falls ©
Motor Car Falls
Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge ©
Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge
Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation), Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach) and Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, get great views at Trinity Bay Lookout, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle takes about 12 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 28:
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

4
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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns journey builder website .

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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, step off the mainland to explore Waddy Point, don't miss a visit to K'gari, and kick back and relax at Eli Creek.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Fraser Island trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Cairns to Fraser Island takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Traveling from Cairns in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Fraser Island, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: SunJet Simulations (in Caloundra) and SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba). There's still lots to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip tool .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Brisbane in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

SunJet Simulations, SunJet Simulations
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

3
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Lord Howe Island is known for beaches, trails, nature, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach, hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island trip planner.

Fly from Brisbane to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:
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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, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 19:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

4
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Katoomba: Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin), Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, do a tasting at Megalong Creek Estate, and get great views at The Three Sisters.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Katoomba trip planner .

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Katoomba can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blackheath, The National Pass, Megalong Creek Estate, Bilpin Cider Company, Everglades Historic House and Gardens
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters
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.
On the 24th (Fri), explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Canberra road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Canberra takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Katoomba in January, Canberra is little chillier at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of Melbourne to go to Torquay and see The Great Ocean Road, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, browse the collection at State Library Victoria, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary builder tool .

Fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Canberra, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Uluru, get outside with Walpa Gorge, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and take some stellar pictures from Uluru.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park journey builder site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in January: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 43°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden and then steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River and then don't miss a visit to Fremantle Prison.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Perth travel route planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth in 9.5 hours. Another option is to drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February, with highs in Perth at 38°C and lows at 20°C. On the 4th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

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