45 days in Australia Itinerary

45 days in Australia Itinerary

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45 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Gold Coast
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Manly
— 2 nights
taxi:  15​min
5
Mosman
— 1 night
train + Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Cairns
— 6 nights
+3
bus + Drive + ferry + Drive:  3​h
7
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Palm Cove
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Alice Springs
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
10
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  8​h 15​min
11
Warrnambool
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Torquay
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  26​h
End: Toronto

4
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.
Visiting Maroochydore Beach and Bulcock Beach will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. When in Brisbane, make a side trip to see Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard in Bunjurgen, approximately 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, wander the streets of Queen Street Mall, see the interesting displays at Queensland Maritime Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip planning site .

Toronto, Canada to Brisbane is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Brisbane is 15 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in March: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Caloundra, Scuba & Snorkeling, Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maroochydore Beach
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Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling

7
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Coolangatta Beach and Kirra Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Burleigh Heads Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Belongil Beach (in Byron Bay), Broken Head Beach (in Broken Head) and Lennox Head Beach (in Lennox Head). Spend the 11th (Mon) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kurrawa Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse, tour the water at your own pace with Sunrise Sailing Charters, and kick back and relax at Tugun Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Mosman.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Belongil Beach, Broken Head Beach, Lennox Head Beach
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

2
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, kick back and relax at Camp Cove, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sydney holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Sydney are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Manly.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Coogee Beach ©
Coogee Beach
Camp Cove ©
Camp Cove
Clovelly ©
Clovelly

2
nights
Manly

Manly ©
Located 11 km (7 mi) across the harbor from Sydney, a holiday in Manly combines quiet neighborhood charm and coastal attractions, all the while placing you within easy access to the big city.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): stroll through Little Manly Beach, then admire the masterpieces at Manly Art Gallery and Museum, then kick back and relax at Fairlight Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Shelly Beach. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Avalon Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Manly online trip itinerary builder .

Manly is just a short distance from Mosman. In March in Manly, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Manly

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Palm Beach, Avalon Beach
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Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach
Avalon Beach ©
Avalon Beach

1
night
Mosman

Mosman ©
If it weren't for the amazing view of Sydney Harbour, Mosman might seem light-years away from Australia's largest and busiest city.
On the 19th (Tue), stroll through Nielsen Park, make a trip to Macquarie Lighthouse, then enjoy the sand and surf at Chinamans Beach, and finally view the masterpieces at Mosman Art Gallery.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Mosman online tour planner .

Mosman is just a short distance from Manly. In March, daytime highs in Mosman are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Mosman

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Vaucluse
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 19:
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Chinamans Beach ©
Chinamans Beach
Macquarie Lighthouse ©
Macquarie Lighthouse
Mosman Art Gallery ©
Mosman Art Gallery

6
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Balloon Rides and Gallo DairyLand. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cairns day trip planning website .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Cairns by combination of ferry and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in March, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Palm Cove.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 25:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
Balloon Rides

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Tribulation Beach, relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Thornton Beach, then get a new perspective on nature at Daintree Entomological museum, and then kick back and relax at Cow Bay Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation trip itinerary builder site .

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 March, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Palm Cove.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Thornton Beach, Cow Bay Beach
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3
nights
Palm Cove

Palm Cove ©
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
Step out of the city life by going to Palm Cove Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Trinity Beach and Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime. Explore Palm Cove's surroundings by going to Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman), Golden Drop Mango Winery (in Biboohra) and Mareeba Tropical Savannah and Wetland Reserve (in Mareeba). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Ellis Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at St Saviour's Anglican Church Kuranda, and view the masterpieces at Peter Jarver Gallery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Palm Cove day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Palm Cove takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and shuttle. March in Palm Cove sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Palm Cove

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Mossman, Kuranda, Mareeba Tropical Savannah and Wetland Reserve, Golden Drop Mango Winery, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 30:
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Yorkeys Knob Beach ©
Yorkeys Knob Beach

5
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Visiting Alice Springs Reptile Centre and Ewaninga Rock Carvings Conservation Reserve will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Kangaroo Sanctuary and Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve. Spend the 3rd (Wed) exploring nature at Finke Gorge National Park. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Trephina Gorge Nature Park, view the masterpieces at Tjanpi Desert Weavers, get great views at Anzac Hill, and shop like a local with Talapi.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Alice Springs vacation site .

Getting from Palm Cove to Alice Springs by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Palm Cove in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Alice Springs: temperatures range from 40°C by day to 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Red Centre
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 4:
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
Trephina Gorge Nature Park ©
Trephina Gorge Nature Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, then look for all kinds of wild species at Red Desert Reptiles, then make a trip to Anangu Uwankaraku Punu Aboriginal corporation, and finally learn more about the world around you at Wintjiri Arts + Museum. On your second day here, get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and finally head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daily temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 7th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Warrnambool.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Yulara
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Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

4
nights
Warrnambool

Warrnambool ©
Warrnambool is a regional centre and former port city on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia. Escape the urban bustle at Johanna Beach and Bay of Martyrs. Get a sense of the local culture at Griffiths Island Lighthouse and Warrnambool Art Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Warrnambool: Petrified Forest and Blowholes (in Cape Bridgewater) and Port Campbell (The Arch & Port Campbell precinct and foreshore). There's still lots to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Foreshore Promenade, identify plant and animal life at Thunder point Coastal Reserve, and take in the exciting artwork at Blarney Books and Art.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Warrnambool trip itinerary website .

Do a combination of flight and train from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Warrnambool in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Torquay.

Things to do in Warrnambool

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Port Fairy, Port Campbell, Johanna Beach, Petrified Forest and Blowholes, Bay of Martyrs
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 11:
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Bay of Martyrs ©
Bay of Martyrs
Johanna Beach ©
Johanna Beach
The Arch ©
The Arch

2
nights
Torquay

Torquay ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Australian National Surfing Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at 13th Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lonsdale Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Portsea Back Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Point Lonsdale Lighthouse, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Torquay trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Warrnambool to Torquay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Torquay

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Point Lonsdale, Barwon Heads, Portsea Back Beach
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 13:
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Portsea Back Beach ©
Portsea Back Beach
Point Lonsdale Lighthouse ©
Point Lonsdale Lighthouse
Australian National Surfing Museum ©
Australian National Surfing Museum

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