43 days in Australia Itinerary

43 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia itinerary planner
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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Perth
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Perth
— 2 nights
Fly
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Alice Springs
— 1 night
Fly
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Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hobart
— 4 nights
Fly
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Torquay
— 1 night
Fly
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Canberra
— 2 nights
Drive
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Katoomba
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly
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Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Brisbane
— 4 nights
Drive
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Mooloolaba
— 3 nights
Fly
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Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
Drive to Breakwater Ferry Terminal, Ferry to Magnetic Island
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Magnetic Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Breakwater Ferry Terminal, Drive to Cairns
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Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly
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Darwin
— 1 night
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Perth — 2 nights

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Get out of town with these interesting Perth side-trips: Top Gun Tours (in West Swan), Fremantle Prison (in Fremantle) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mandurah). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, examine the collection at Royal Perth Hospital Museum, and steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Perth online tour builder.

Bournemouth, UK to Perth is an approximately 23-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Bournemouth in December, with highs in Perth at 35°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can fly to Alice Springs.
Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

Alice Springs — 1 night

Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): enjoy some diversion at Alice Springs Aquatic and Leisure Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and then head outdoors with Simpsons Gap.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Alice Springs route maker website.

Fly from Perth to Alice Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Perth to Alice Springs, you'll lose 1.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Alice Springs: highs are around 41°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can fly to Adelaide.
Fun & Games · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

Adelaide — 3 nights

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Get out of town with these interesting Adelaide side-trips: McLaren Vale (McLaren Unvaled & Wine Diva Tours). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Migration Museum, let little ones run wild at Thorndon Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Adelaide Botanic Garden, and learn more about the world around you at South Australian Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Adelaide sightseeing planning tool.

Fly from Alice Springs to Adelaide in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Alice Springs in December; daily highs in Adelaide reach 30°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to fly to Hobart.
Museums · Parks · Tours · Trails
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:

Hobart — 4 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Port Arthur Historic Site (in Port Arthur), Wild Ocean Tasmania (in Eaglehawk Neck) and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton). On the 28th (Wed), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours, explore the world behind art at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), and learn insider's secrets on Drink Tasmania Premium Tours.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hobart planner.

You can fly from Adelaide to Hobart in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Adelaide in December; daily highs in Hobart reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can fly to Torquay.
Tours · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:

Torquay — 1 night

Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take a memorable drive along The Great Ocean Road.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Torquay driving holiday planning tool.

Fly from Hobart to Torquay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from Hobart in December, you will find days in Torquay are a bit warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Canberra.
Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your trip

Canberra — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, make a trip to Parliament of Australia, and then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: get curious at Questacon and then admire the striking features of Old Parliament House.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Canberra holiday planner.

Getting from Torquay to Canberra by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Torquay in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Canberra: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Katoomba.
Museums · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

Katoomba — 4 nights

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Katoomba is known for sightseeing, nature, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: gear up at Blue Mountains Biking Adventures, make a trip to Gallery Blackheath, stroll through Wentworth Falls Lookout, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To plan Katoomba vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Drive from Canberra to Katoomba in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Katoomba when traveling from Canberra in January, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sydney.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:

Sydney — 5 nights

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.
Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly, about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, take a stroll through The Rocks, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney road trip planning website.

Drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Byron Bay.
Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 12:

Byron Bay — 2 nights

Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
On the 13th (Fri), push the limits with an extreme tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Good Vibes Pilates & Yoga, and then explore the galleries of Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre. On your second day here, have unforgettable encounters with Sundive Byron Bay, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, and then hike along Cape Byron Walking Track.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Byron Bay driving holiday website.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Byron Bay takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Byron Bay sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Brisbane.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:

Brisbane — 4 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Surfers Paradise Beach (in Surfers Paradise) and Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford). There's much more to do: walk around South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, get great views at Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Brisbane road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Brisbane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Byron Bay in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Brisbane, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Mooloolaba.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 18:

Mooloolaba — 3 nights

Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
Explore Mooloolaba's surroundings by going to Maleny (Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World & Maleny Dairies). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, browse the exhibits of Seaview Art Gallery, cool off at Aqua Park Bli Bli, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mooloolaba online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Brisbane to Mooloolaba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. January in Mooloolaba sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Airlie Beach.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Theme Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 21:

Airlie Beach — 3 nights

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Airlie Beach: Hamilton Island (Hamilton Island Golf Club, Go-Kart Racing Track, &more). There's still lots to do: race across the water with a speed boat tour and enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip planning website.

You can fly from Mooloolaba to Airlie Beach in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Mooloolaba in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in Airlie Beach. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Magnetic Island.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:

Magnetic Island — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Arthur Bay and then cast your line with Magnetic Island Time Cruises.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Magnetic Island trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Magnetic Island can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.
Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 25:
Highlights from your trip

Cairns — 4 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Spas (in Palm Cove), Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti) and Port Douglas (Opal Reef, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, &more). Spend the 26th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: stroll through Mossman Gorge Centre.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to fly to Darwin.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 29:

Darwin — 1 night

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience, then take an in-depth tour of RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Darwin trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Darwin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time is minus 0.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Darwin are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.
Museums · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 29 — 30:

Australia travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Gardens
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.

Blue Mountains travel guide

4.5
World heritage site · Lookouts · Mountains
Cloaked by a natural blue haze that lingers above vast eucalypt forests and rugged sandstone tablelands, Blue Mountains remain Australia's most accessible World Heritage-listed wilderness within a two-hour drive from Sidney. Equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and avid nature lovers, a trip to Blue Mountains places you near canyons, waterfalls, underground caves, and limestone formations that date back at least 340 million years. Fresh mountain air serves as a perfect stimulus for numerous exhilarating activities and adventure sports. Hiking, bushwalking, rock climbing, canyoning, and abseiling rank among top things to do in Blue Mountains. The region's many festivals and rich Aboriginal heritage add a dash of culture to primarily nature-oriented Blue Mountains vacations.

Sunshine Coast travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Zoos · Gardens
Beaches, sun-drenched streets, and a relaxed ambience are the defining elements of Sunshine Coast, a region just north of Brisbane. Having grown rapidly in the 1960s and 1970s, Sunshine Coast became a popular destination for surfers in particular and has now grown into a well-managed city focused on "green" economic development.