40 days in Australia Itinerary

40 days in Australia Itinerary

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40 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  26​h
1
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
2
Fraser Island
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 30​min
3
Rainbow Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Bundaberg
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Seventeen Seventy
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Rockhampton
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
7
Mackay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
9
Whitsunday Island
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 45​min
10
Townsville
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
11
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
12
Perth
— 16 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam

3
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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 Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford), Surfer's Paradise Beach (in Surfers Paradise) and Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach). There's much more to do: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane travel itinerary planner .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Brisbane is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Brisbane, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in December: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Gold Coast
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest, explore the activities along Wanggoolba Creek, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Eli Creek, tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Allom.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Fraser Island attractions 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. January in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

1
night
Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Carlo Sand Blow, then visit a coastal fixture at Double Island Point Lighthouse, then contemplate the waterfront views at Poona Lake, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Searys Creek. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the waterfront activity at Carlo Point Marina, then identify plant and animal life at Barnacles Dolphin Centre, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cooloola Recreation Area.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rainbow Beach trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Fraser Island to Rainbow Beach with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Cooloola National Park, Barnacles Dolphin Centre
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Carlo Sand Blow ©
Carlo Sand Blow
Poona Lake ©
Poona Lake
Carlo Point Marina ©
Carlo Point Marina

1
night
Bundaberg

Bundaberg
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Hinkler Hall of Aviation, then admire the natural beauty at Bundaberg Botanic Gardens, then sample the tasty concoctions at Bundaberg Rum Distillery, and finally identify plant and animal life at Mon Repos.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bundaberg road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Bundaberg takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In January, daytime highs in Bundaberg are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Seventeen Seventy.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Parks Outdoors Tours
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1
night
Seventeen Seventy

Seventeen Seventy
Seventeen Seventy, also written as 1770, is a town and locality in Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia, built on the site of the second landing by James Cook and the crew of HM Bark Endeavour in May 1770 (Cook's first landing in what is now the state of Queensland). Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Lieutenant James Cook Monument Cairn, explore and take pictures at Paperbark Forest Walk, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at 1770 Distillery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Horizons Kangaroo Sanctuary, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Joseph Banks Regional Park.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Seventeen Seventy trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Bundaberg to Seventeen Seventy takes 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Seventeen Seventy can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Seventeen Seventy

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Agnes Water, Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime
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1
night
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Planning Rockhampton trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Seventeen Seventy to Rockhampton takes 3 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Mackay.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Museums
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C.Q. Military & Artifacts Museum ©
C.Q. Military & Artifacts Museum

2
nights
Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mackay trip planner.

Drive from Rockhampton to Mackay in 4 hours. In January, daytime highs in Mackay are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Mackay

Theme Parks Outdoors Parks
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Bluewater Lagoon ©
Bluewater Lagoon
Town Beach ©
Town Beach

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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.
On the 9th (Wed), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, look for gifts at Beach Book Boutique, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip planner .

Getting from Mackay to Airlie Beach by car takes about 2 hours. January in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 11th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can ride a ferry to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Speed Boats Tours
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

2
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island holiday planning website .

Ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island in 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Whitsunday Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Townsville.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

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Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): browse the exhibits of Museum of Tropical Queensland, enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, then take in nature's colorful creations at Queens Gardens Townsville, and finally go for a walk through Castle Hill. On the next day, make a trip to Jezzine Barracks, don't miss a visit to Riverway, then identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, and finally get great views at Mount Stuart.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Townsville trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by train from Whitsunday Island to Townsville takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

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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: Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more), Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Spend the 15th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. It doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cairns online travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Townsville to Cairns takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Perth: Rockingham (Rockingham Beach & Penguin Island), Fremantle (The Fremantle Round House, The Shipwreck Galleries, & more) and Mandurah (Dolphin Quay & Mandurah Cruises). Pack the 23rd (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Adventure World Perth Australia. Dedicate the 24th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, look for all kinds of wild species at Caversham Wildlife Park, contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, and learn about winemaking at Olive Farm Wines.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Perth journey planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Perth in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Perth when traveling from Cairns in January, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Fremantle, Herne Hill, Millendon, Henley Brook, Swan Valley
Find places to stay Jan 18 — Feb 3:
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

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