40 days in Australia Itinerary

40 days in Australia Itinerary

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40 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Mount View
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Newcastle
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
4
Darlington
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Canungra
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
6
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
8
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  16​h 30​min
9
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
10
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
11
Trinity Beach
— 5 nights
Drive:  32​h 15​min
12
Darwin
— 3 nights
Drive:  14​h 30​min
13
Alice Springs
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
14
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  16​h 30​min
15
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
16
Aspendale
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 30​min
End: Sydney

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): wander the streets of The Rocks, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and finally take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sydney travel route planner .

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Mount View.

Things to do in Sydney

#Neighborhoods, #Parks, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

2
nights
Mount View

Mount View ©
On the 23rd (Sun), play a few rounds at The Vintage Golf Club. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Hunter Valley Zoo, then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then learn about winemaking at Ernest Hill Wines, and finally take some stellar pictures from Bimbadeen Lookout.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Mount View trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Mount View takes 2.5 hours. December in Mount View sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Newcastle.

Things to do in Mount View

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Golf

Side Trips

Nulkaba, Wine Tours & Tastings, The Vintage Golf Club
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
The Vintage Golf Club ©
The Vintage Golf Club
Ernest Hill Wines ©
Ernest Hill Wines
Hunter Valley Zoo ©
Hunter Valley Zoo

1
night
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Blackbutt Reserve, then go for a walk through Newcastle Memorial Walk, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nobbys Beach. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral, explore and take pictures at Fort Scratchley, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Newcastle vacation maker tool .

Drive from Mount View to Newcastle in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Darlington.

Things to do in Newcastle

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Newcastle Memorial Walk ©
Newcastle Memorial Walk
Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral

1
night
Darlington

Darlington ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Lamington National Park.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Darlington route maker website .

You can drive from Newcastle to Darlington in 8.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In December, daytime highs in Darlington are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Canungra.

Things to do in Darlington

#Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Lamington National Park
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Lamington National Park ©
Lamington National Park

1
night
Canungra

Canungra ©
Canungra is a small rural town and locality in the Scenic Rim Region local government area of South East Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Canungra War Memorial, don't miss a visit to Gallery Walk, and then get your game on at Thunderbird Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Canungra trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Darlington to Canungra in an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Canungra can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Canungra

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Fun & Games

Side Trips

Thunderbird Park, Gallery Walk
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Thunderbird Park ©
Thunderbird Park
Gallery Walk ©
Gallery Walk
Canungra War Memorial ©
Canungra War Memorial

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park and then don't miss a visit to Rotary Carousel Broadbeach.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip itinerary website .

Drive from Canungra to Gold Coast in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Theme Parks, #Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World

2
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.
On the 31st (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Brisbane road trip planning site .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 2nd (Wed), stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie and then contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Fraser Island vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the next day, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Airlie Beach vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Airlie Beach takes 16.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Airlie Beach when traveling from Fraser Island in January, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours
Spas & Wellness

2
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.
On the 7th (Mon), get interesting insight from Tours.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns day trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Trinity Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Adventure
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
Trinity Beach

Trinity Beach ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Cow Bay (Walu Wugirriga Lookout, Cow Bay Beach, & more) and Cape Tribulation (Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness & Daintree National Park).

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Trinity Beach holiday planner.

Trinity Beach is very close to Cairns. In January, daily temperatures in Trinity Beach can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Trinity Beach

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Cow Bay, Kuranda, Cape Tribulation, Cairns Kart Hire Track
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a splash at Darwin Waterfront.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Darwin road trip planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Trinity Beach to Darwin. In January, daily temperatures in Darwin can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Darwin

#Theme Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Darwin Waterfront ©
Darwin Waterfront

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.
Alice Springs is known for wildlife, museums, historic sites, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen, and take in nature's colorful creations at Olive Pink Botanic Garden.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Alice Springs trip planner .

You can fly from Darwin to Alice Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Darwin in January: highs in Alice Springs hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Ewaninga Rock Carvings Conservation Reserve
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole and then don't miss a visit to Uluru. Keep things going the next day: hike along Kuniya Walk, stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, then view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 43°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Adelaide Oval and then admire the natural beauty at Adelaide Botanic Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of South Australia, get engrossed in the history at South Australian Museum, then stroll through Adelaide Zoo, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Semaphore Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Adelaide trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Adelaide in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January; daily highs in Adelaide reach 34°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Aspendale.

Things to do in Adelaide

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Semaphore Beach
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Art Gallery of South Australia ©
Art Gallery of South Australia

1
night
Aspendale

Aspendale ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): examine the collection at Australian National Aviation Museum, try out the rides at Melbourne Cable Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Frankston Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Aspendale holiday tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Adelaide to Aspendale. Traveling from Adelaide in January, expect nights in Aspendale to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspendale

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Australian National Aviation Museum, Frankston Beach, Melbourne Cable Park
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Cable Park ©
Melbourne Cable Park
Australian National Aviation Museum ©

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