40 days in Australia Itinerary

40 days in Australia Itinerary

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40 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 30​min
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 30​min
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Cairns
— 5 nights
+3
bus + Drive + ferry + Drive:  3​h
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
+4
shuttle + Fly + bus + foot + bus:  11​h 15​min
Jabiru
— 3 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: London

5
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Manly Beach and Shark Island. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Manly to see Shelly Beach about 36 minutes away. Spend the 28th (Sun) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire the striking features of Olympia Milk Bar, admire the masterpieces at Australian Centre for Photography, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney vacation planning tool .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Sydney is 10 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from London in July, with highs in Sydney at 21°C and lows at 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
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The Rocks

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ned's Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

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#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
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Lord Howe Island Walking Trails
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll get in some beach time at Indian Head and Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Lake McKenzie and Eli Creek.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Fraser Island road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Lord Howe Island to Fraser Island in 9.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek
Lake Birrabeen ©
Lake Birrabeen

1
night
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
On the 6th (Tue), kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach, then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, and then kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Gold Coast takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

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Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Escape the urban bustle at Melbourne Zoo and St. Kilda Beach. Melbourne Museum and Old Melbourne Gaol are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and see the interesting displays at National Sports Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne tour itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Melbourne in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Gold Coast in August: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 16°C and lows are around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Museums, #Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

2
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.
On the 12th (Mon), get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then hike along Kuniya Walk, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uluru. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then stroll through Uluru Hiking Path.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Melbourne in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach. Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Spas & Wellness). Spend the 18th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August: highs in Cairns hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

4
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Daintree National Park and Myall Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Cape Tribulation Beach and Cow Bay Beach. Step out of Cape Tribulation to go to Cow Bay and see Daintree Discovery Centre, which is approximately 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, take in the pleasant sights at Marrdja Botanical Walk, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, and trek along Dubuji Boardwalk.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation online travel planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, car, and ferry from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, car, and ferry; or drive. In August in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Cow Bay
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

5
nights
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Four Mile Beach and Wonga Beach. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Spend the 25th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 26th (Mon) exploring nature at Mowbray National Park. The adventure continues: get outside with Port Douglas Microlights, view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries, look for gifts at Coffee Works, and do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Jabiru.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Wonga Beach, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Mowbray National Park ©
Mowbray National Park

3
nights
Jabiru

Jabiru ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Visiting Maguk Gorge and Jim Jim Falls will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Gunlom Waterfall Creek, look for all kinds of wild species at Cahills Crossing, and examine the collection at Warradjan Cultural Centre.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Jabiru online trip planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Jabiru by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jabiru

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Gunlom Waterfall Creek ©
Gunlom Waterfall Creek
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Cahills Crossing ©
Cahills Crossing

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