39 days in Australia Itinerary

39 days in Australia Itinerary

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39 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  10​h 30​min
2
Brisbane
— 10 nights
Drive:  21​h 45​min
3
Cairns
— 6 nights
Drive:  29​h
4
Darwin
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Alice Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  15​h 45​min
6
Adelaide
— 5 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Pulpit Rock Lookout (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown). There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hawthorne Canal Reserve.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip planner .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Pulpit Rock Lookout, Featherdale Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 19:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

10
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.
Relax by the water at Burleigh Heads Beach and Mooloolaba Beach. Popular historic sites such as Chenrezig Institute and Fingal Head Lighthouse are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Art on Cairncross (in Maleny), Montville Art Gallery (in Montville) and Surfers Paradise (Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise & Surfer's Paradise Beach). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, stroll through Australia Zoo, and kick back and relax at Moffat Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Mooloolaba Beach, Wolston Farmhouse, Fingal Head Lighthouse
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 30:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate St Monica's Cathedral and Historic Village Herberton. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Four Mile Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay), Safaris (in Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Spend the 31st (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: stroll through Trinity Beach, explore the galleries of Cairns Art Gallery, view the masterpieces at Underart Gallery, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns tour builder site .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 5.5 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. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Wed) before leaving for Darwin.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Historic Village Herberton, Trinity Beach, Daintree Discovery Centre
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 6:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

5
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Mindil Beach and Lameroo Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Litchfield National Park and Crocosaurus Cove. Spend the 11th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, get engrossed in the history at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, take a leisurely stroll along Darwin Wharf Precinct, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Darwin trip planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Darwin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Darwin sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 12:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to The Kangaroo Sanctuary and Alice Springs Reptile Centre. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park, steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and explore the galleries of Talapi.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Alice Springs tour itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Alice Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in February, expect nights in Alice Springs to be a bit cooler, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 42°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 16:
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at South Australian Museum and Adelaide Oval. You'll get in some beach time at Horseshoe Bay and Blowhole Beach. Explore Adelaide's surroundings by going to Aldinga Beach (in Aldinga Beach), Seppeltsfield (in Seppeltsfield) and Flaxman Wines (in Eden Valley). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Cleland Wildlife Park, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia, browse the eclectic array of goods at Adelaide Central Market, and admire the natural beauty at Adelaide Botanic Garden.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Adelaide online holiday planner .

Fly from Alice Springs to Adelaide in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Alice Springs in February; daily highs in Adelaide reach 32°C and lows reach 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Seppeltsfield, Cleland Wildlife Park, Flaxman Wines, Aldinga Beach, Blowhole Beach
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 21:
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Blowhole Beach ©
Blowhole Beach

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