40 days in Australia Itinerary

40 days in Australia Itinerary

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40 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Durban
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Esperance
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Alice Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Canberra
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
11
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
12
Kununurra
— 1 day
Fly:  1​h 15​min
13
Broome
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
14
Karratha
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 30​min
15
Geraldton
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
16
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Durban

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Perth: Fremantle (Fremantle Prison, The Shipwreck Galleries, & more). Dedicate the 18th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, get your game on at Elizabeth Quay Carousel, explore the activities along Swan River, and snap pictures at Elizabeth Quay.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Perth trip planner .

Durban, South Africa to Perth is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Durban to Perth due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Durban in September, with highs in Perth at 24°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Esperance.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trips

Fremantle, Perth Zoo
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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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Esperance

Esperance ©
Esperance is a town in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, on the Southern Ocean coastline approximately 720km east-southeast of the state capital, Perth. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Esperance Stonehenge, enjoy the sand and surf at Twilight Bay, cruise along Great Ocean Drive, then make a trip to Ten Mile Lagoon Wind Farm, and finally make a trip to Esperance Whale Tail.

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Traveling by flight from Perth to Esperance takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Esperance, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Esperance

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Twilight Bay ©
Twilight Bay
Great Ocean Drive ©
Great Ocean Drive
Esperance Whale Tail ©
Esperance Whale Tail

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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: identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and take an in-depth tour of Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Alice Springs day trip tool .

Getting from Esperance to Alice Springs by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Esperance to Alice Springs is 1 hour. When traveling from Esperance in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Alice Springs, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Tours
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Walking tours
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

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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 25th (Wed): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: cool off at Wave Lagoon, kick back and relax at Mindil Beach, and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Darwin trip maker website .

You can fly from Alice Springs to Darwin in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alice Springs in September, you will find days in Darwin are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are warmer (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Wave Lagoon ©
Wave Lagoon

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens and then relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns vacation site .

Fly from Darwin to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in September, expect Cairns to be a bit cooler, temps between 33°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford) and Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach). The adventure continues: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River, find something for the whole family at Wheel of Brisbane, and identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Cairns to Brisbane by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in September, expect Brisbane to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Gold Coast
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 2:
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly, take a stroll through The Rocks, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney holiday builder .

Fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, get curious at Questacon, and then ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, then identify plant and animal life at Floriade, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Canberra Rotary Peace Bell.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Canberra trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in October: high temperatures in Canberra hover around 25°C and lows are around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Shrine of Remembrance, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne online sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Melbourne sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Zero Latency ©
Zero Latency
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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Adelaide

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
On the 11th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Adelaide Botanic Garden, then admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of South Australia, then contemplate the long history of Adelaide Oval, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Adelaide Central Market. Here are some ideas for day two: savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Adelaide trip planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Adelaide in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Adelaide can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Adelaide

Tours Parks Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Art Gallery of South Australia ©
Art Gallery of South Australia
Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden

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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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, and contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Adelaide to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 7 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Adelaide in October, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 38°C and 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kununurra.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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Kununurra

Kununurra ©
A visit to Kununurra will give you a true sense of the pioneering Australia spirit and the nomadic life.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Mirima National Park.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kununurra vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Kununurra takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Kununurra. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October: high temperatures in Kununurra hover around 45°C and lows are around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Broome.

Things to do in Kununurra

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Mirima National Park ©
Mirima National Park

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Broome

A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Broome vacation builder website .

Getting from Kununurra to Broome by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kununurra in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Broome: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Karratha.

Things to do in Broome

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 17:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours

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Karratha

Karratha ©
Karratha is a city in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, adjoining the port of Dampier. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): mingle with the ghosts of the past at Cossack, get great views at Staircase To The Moon, then don't miss a visit to Deep Gorge, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Dampier Port.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Karratha trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Broome to Karratha with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Geraldton.

Things to do in Karratha

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dampier, Cossack
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:
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Cossack ©
Cossack
Karratha Public Library ©
Karratha Public Library
Deep Gorge ©
Deep Gorge

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Geraldton

Geraldton ©
Geraldton is a coastal city in the Mid West region of Western Australia, located 424km north of Perth.At June 2015 Geraldton had an estimated urban population of 39,825. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at St Francis Xavier Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Geraldton, then steep yourself in history at Oakabella Homestead, Tea Rooms and Campground, and finally learn about all things military at HMAS Sydney II Memorial.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Geraldton holiday website .

You can drive from Karratha to Geraldton in 11.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow time for travel to Perth.

Things to do in Geraldton

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Oakabella Homestead, Tea Rooms and Campground
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:
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HMAS Sydney II Memorial ©
HMAS Sydney II Memorial
Museum of Geraldton ©
Museum of Geraldton

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Perth

Perth ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. George's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Caversham Wildlife Park, then make a trip to Monument Hill War Memorial, and then stroll through Cottesloe Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Perth trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Geraldton to Perth in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trips

Perth Zoo, Monument Hill War Memorial, Caversham Wildlife Park, Cottesloe Beach
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 24:
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Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park
Art Gallery of Western Australia ©
Art Gallery of Western Australia
Perth Zoo ©
Perth Zoo

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