40 days in Australia Itinerary

40 days in Australia Itinerary

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40 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Kelowna
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Perth
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  11​h 30​min
4
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 15​min
5
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
9
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
10
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
11
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
+3
train + foot + Fly + taxi:  21​h 15​min
End: Kelowna

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.
Step out of Brisbane with an excursion to Sea World Theme Park in Main Beach--about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane online road trip planner .

Kelowna, Canada to Brisbane is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Kelowna to Brisbane, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Sea World Theme Park
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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

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Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 9th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Melbourne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in July, things will get little chillier in Melbourne: highs are around 15°C and lows about 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, contemplate the long history of Fremantle Prison, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at The Sacred India Gallery, then learn about winemaking at Tyler's Vineyard, and then explore the activities along Swan River.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Perth travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. While traveling from Melbourne, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Perth, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Perth

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fremantle Prison, Tyler's Vineyard, The Sacred India Gallery
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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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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is known for nature, wildlife, outdoors, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Ubirr, admire the sheer force of Motor Car Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Jim Jim Falls, and see the interesting displays at Warradjan Cultural Centre.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Perth to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Perth to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Jim Jim Falls ©
Jim Jim Falls

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Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Spend the 16th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 19th (Fri) exploring nature at Mowbray National Park. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, tee off at Port Douglas Golf Tours, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas day trip website .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In July in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

4
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.
Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, get a new perspective on nature at Daintree Entomological museum, relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach.

Plan my day in Cape Tribulation using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Cow Bay Beach
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk
Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm

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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: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 24th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Shaolin Junk Cruises, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Munro Martin Parklands, and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Shaolin Junk Cruises, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Shaolin Junk Cruises ©
Shaolin Junk Cruises

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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 28th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Uluru Hiking Path, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Cairns, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru Hiking Path ©
Uluru Hiking Path

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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.
Spend the 1st (Thu) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney travel planner.

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in July, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): get curious at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, and finally contemplate the long history of Hobart Convict Penitentiary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, examine the collection at Mona, and then get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hobart journey app .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Hobart takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Sydney in August, things will get slightly colder in Hobart: highs are around 15°C and lows about 4°C. On the 6th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Bellerive Beach, Museum of Old and New Art
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Museum of Old and New Art ©
Museum of Old and New Art
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

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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 7th (Wed): cool off at Dreamworld and then get in on the family fun at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, then browse the different shops at Marina Mirage, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach.

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Getting from Hobart to Gold Coast by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Hobart in August, with highs in Gold Coast at 25°C and lows at 11°C. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Outdoors Parks
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Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

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