40 days in Australia Itinerary

40 days in Australia Itinerary

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40 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 15​min
2
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Blackheath
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  12​h 15​min
4
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  11​h 30​min
5
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
9
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  8​h 15​min
11
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Auckland

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coogee Beach, and take a stroll through The Rocks.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Sydney tour planner .

Auckland Central, New Zealand to Sydney is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Auckland Central in October, you will find days in Sydney are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, beaches, outdoors, historic sites, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, enjoy the sand and surf at Indian Head, and stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Fraser Island trip builder website .

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Sydney to Fraser Island in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. October in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Blackheath.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 3:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

2
nights
Blackheath

Blackheath ©
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Explore Blackheath's surroundings by going to Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), Lincoln's Rock (in Blue Mountains National Park) and The Three Sisters (in Katoomba). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, don't miss a visit to Day FIne Art, take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pulpit Rock Lookout.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Blackheath tour itinerary site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fraser Island to Blackheath. Expect little chillier evenings in Blackheath when traveling from Fraser Island in November, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Blackheath

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Leura, Katoomba, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

4
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 9th (Fri) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Maguk Gorge, look for all kinds of wild species at Cahills Crossing, steep yourself in history at Nourlangie Rock, and take in the dramatic scenery at Motor Car Falls.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) road trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Blackheath to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): view the masterpieces at The Sacred India Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Caversham Wildlife Park, and then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, then learn about winemaking at Sandalford Wines Swan Valley, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Bells Rapids Park.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Perth trip itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Perth in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Perth is minus 1 hour. November in Perth sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Swan Valley, Caversham Wildlife Park, Bells Rapids Park
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 17th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, browse the collection at State Library of Victoria, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Melbourne trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Melbourne takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Melbourne. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Perth in November, with highs in Melbourne at 26°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
nights
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.
On the 19th (Mon), hike along Uluru Hiking Path, then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then hike along Kuniya Walk, and finally admire all the interesting features of Uluru. On the next day, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in November, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are warmer (41°C), and nights are a bit warmer (22°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

4
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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more). Spend the 21st (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, admire the natural beauty at Munro Martin Parklands, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Cairns Kart Hire Track
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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nights
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.
Take a break from Port Douglas with a short trip to Elizas Gallery in Daintree, about 46 minutes away. Spend the 25th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 26th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, head outdoors with Port Douglas Microlights, play a few rounds at Port Douglas Golf Tours, and kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Port Douglas vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Elizas Gallery, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

3
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 30th (Fri) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, hike along Dubuji Boardwalk, and experience rural life at Cape Trib Farm.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cape Tribulation online vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. In November in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 1:
Highlights from your plan
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands and then take some stellar pictures from Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane travel planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Cape Tribulation to Brisbane takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cape Tribulation in December; daily highs in Brisbane reach 32°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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