43 days in Australia Itinerary

43 days in Australia Itinerary

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43 days in Australia Itinerary

Phoenix
Fly:  19​h 45​min
Cairns
— 10 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
Kangaroo Island
— 7 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
Melbourne
— 12 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Sydney
— 11 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
Phoenix

11
days
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 (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more), Port Douglas (Safaris, Four Mile Beach, & more) and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman). Spend the 19th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take a tour by water with Shaolin Junk Cruises, do some two-wheel cruising with Trail Bike Adventures, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

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Phoenix, USA to Cairns is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, taxi, and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. While traveling from Phoenix, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 88°F to lows of 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Wonga Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

7
days
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Spend the 2nd (Sat) exploring nature at Flinders Chase National Park. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain, experience rural life at Clifford's Honey Farm, kick back and relax at Stokes Beach, and explore the striking landscape at Admirals Arch.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Kangaroo Island trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Cairns to Kangaroo Island in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Admirals Arch ©
Admirals Arch

12
days
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). Dedicate the 13th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne journey maker .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, bus, and train. In March in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, The Great Ocean Road, Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

11
days
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & The Three Sisters) and Gallery Blackheath (in Blackheath). Spend the 27th (Wed) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, stroll through Bondi Beach, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

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Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in March since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Katoomba, Nielsen Park, Gallery Blackheath
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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