40 days in Australia Itinerary

40 days in Australia Itinerary

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40 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  25​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 13 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h
5
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
6
Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Adelaide
— 9 nights
8
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Ottawa

2
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.
Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Palm Cove Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Spend the 4th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner .

Ottawa, Canada to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Ottawa to Cairns. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Ottawa in September, with highs in Cairns at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

3
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.
On the 7th (Sat), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas trip builder .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In September, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 9:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Whitsunday Island journey planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Whitsunday Island by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Port Douglas in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Whitsunday Island, with lows of 17°C. On the 10th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 10:
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

13
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Molle Islands National Park (in Long Island) and Bowen (The Big Mango & Horseshoe Bay). Spend the 11th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 12th (Thu), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's much more to do: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon, explore the activities along Heart Reef, and hunt for treasures at Lions Airlie Beach Markets.

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

Traveling by ferry from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Whitsunday Island in September, plan for slightly colder days in Airlie Beach, with highs around 29°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Proserpine, Bowen, Whitsunday Islands, Molle Islands National Park
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens, then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Melbourne in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in September, you will find days in Melbourne are little chillier (20°C), and nights are colder (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Eureka Skydeck 88 ©
Eureka Skydeck 88
Fitzroy Gardens ©
Fitzroy Gardens

2
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
On the 24th (Tue), get great views at Cape du Couedic Lighthouse and then take in the dramatic natural features at Admirals Arch. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Flinders Chase National Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kangaroo Island trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry, car, bus, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:
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Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Admirals Arch ©
Admirals Arch

9
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Change things up with these side-trips from Adelaide: Hahndorf (Beerenberg Farm, Leathersmith and Bush Gallery, & more), Seppeltsfield (in Seppeltsfield) and Murray Street Vineyards (in Greenock). Dedicate the 29th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Adelaide Botanic Garden, don't miss a visit to Adelaide Oval, get engrossed in the history at Migration Museum, and indulge your taste buds at National Wine Centre of Australia.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Adelaide road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Hahndorf, Glenelg, Cleland Wildlife Park, Seppeltsfield, Murray Street Vineyards
Find places to stay Sep 26 — Oct 5:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
The Cedars ©
The Cedars
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum

6
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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sydney vacation builder site .

Fly from Adelaide to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Adelaide in October, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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