46 days in Australia Itinerary

46 days in Australia Itinerary

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46 days in Australia Itinerary

Montreal
Fly:  22​h
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Melbourne
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Adelaide
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Alice Springs
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
Darwin
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
Cairns
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
Montreal

6
days
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.
Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Australia Zoo (in Beerwah) and Mooloolaba (SunJet Simulations & Mooloolaba Beach). And it doesn't end there: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, admire all the interesting features of Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and kick back and relax at Dicky Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Brisbane online trip itinerary builder .

Montreal, Canada to Brisbane is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Montreal to Brisbane. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Montreal in December; daily highs in Brisbane reach 32°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Dicky Beach, Australia Zoo
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

8
days
Melbourne

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 with an excursion to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee--about 42 minutes away. Dedicate the 16th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Spend the 15th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Melbourne Zoo, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne journey app .

You can fly from Brisbane to Melbourne in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in December, expect little chillier with lows of 14°C in Melbourne. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

7
days
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Explore Adelaide's surroundings by going to Flaxman Wines (in Eden Valley), Seppeltsfield (in Seppeltsfield) and God's Hill Wines (in Lyndoch). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Murray Street Vineyards, learn more about the world around you at South Australian Museum, catch a live event at Adelaide Oval, and get a taste of the local shopping with Thorn-Clarke Wines.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Adelaide day trip tool .

Getting from Melbourne to Adelaide by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Adelaide are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Adelaide

#Wineries, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trips

Tanunda, Greenock, Cleland Wildlife Park, Domain Day Cellar Door, Seppeltsfield
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Seppeltsfield ©
Seppeltsfield
Murray Street Vineyards ©
Murray Street Vineyards
Adelaide Botanic Garden
Adelaide Botanic Garden

4
days
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.
Alice Springs is known for wildlife, museums, historic sites, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, head outdoors with Simpsons Gap, stop by Tjanpi Desert Weavers, and steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Alice Springs travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Alice Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Adelaide in December: high temperatures in Alice Springs hover around 41°C and lows are around 24°C. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Darwin.

Things to do in Alice Springs

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Museums

Side Trip

Ewaninga Rock Carvings Conservation Reserve
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen

4
days
Darwin

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.
Step out of Darwin with an excursion to Litchfield National Park in Batchelor--about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 1st (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, cool off at Wave Lagoon, stop by Darwin Fish Market, and steep yourself in history at The Old Town Hall.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Darwin attractions tool .

Fly from Alice Springs to Darwin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alice Springs in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 29°C in Darwin. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove

8
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Port Douglas (Safaris, Four Mile Beach, & more), Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation) and Palm Cove (Spas & Wellness, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, & more). Spend the 5th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cairns tour itinerary maker site .

Getting from Darwin to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Daintree National Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

4
days
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.
Gold Coast is known for theme parks, beaches, shopping, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, stop by Miami Marketta, and cool off at Dreamworld.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast journey app .

You can fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cairns in January; daily highs in Gold Coast reach 33°C and lows reach 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Theme Parks, #Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World

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