40 days in Australia Itinerary

40 days in Australia Itinerary

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40 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  28​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Leura
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Hobart
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Port Arthur
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Torquay
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Kangaroo Island
— 1 day
Fly:  2​h 15​min
9
Adelaide
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Alice Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
11
Darwin
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
12
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
13
Brisbane
— 5 nights
+3
bus + Fly + shuttle + bus:  9​h 30​min
14
Coles Bay
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  12​h 45​min
15
Summerlands
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  5​h 30​min
16
Princetown
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  46​h
End: Amsterdam


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3
nights
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 Harbour Hop-on Hop-off Cruise has been added to your itinerary. On the 29th (Sun), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, admire the landmark architecture of Olympia Milk Bar, then take a stroll through The Rocks, and finally take a tour by water with Sydney Harbour Hop-on Hop-off Cruise. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Tambourine Bay Reserve and Warraroon Reserve Walk and then identify plant and animal life at Muogamarra Nature Reserve.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Sydney. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in July, with highs in Sydney at 21°C and lows at 9°C. On the 31st (Tue), you'll travel to Leura.

Things to do in Sydney

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Muogamarra Nature Reserve ©
Muogamarra Nature Reserve

1
night
Leura

Leura ©
Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. You've now added Scenic World Blue Mountains to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take a memorable ride with Scenic World Blue Mountains and then take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Leura travel tool .

You can drive from Sydney to Leura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sydney in July since evenings lows in Leura dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Leura

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

The National Pass, Wentworth Falls, Gallery Blackheath
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

1
night
Sydney

Sydney
To see photos and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner.

Getting from Leura to Sydney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Leura in August since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 11°C. You'll set off for Hobart on the 2nd (Thu).

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Nightlife
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1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tasman Island Cruises as well as Mount Wellington. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Tasman Island Cruises and then look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hobart driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Hobart in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sydney in August; daily highs in Hobart reach 15°C and lows reach 4°C. On the 4th (Sat), you'll travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hobart

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Tasman Island Cruises ©
Tasman Island Cruises

1
night
Port Arthur

Port Arthur ©
Surrounded by shark-infested waters and connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus of land, Port Arthur ranks among Australia's top historical sites and heritage areas.
On the 4th (Sat), examine the collection at Federation Artisan Chocolate and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Port Arthur trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hobart to Port Arthur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Port Arthur sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Taranna
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Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You've now added Melbourne Hop on Hop off Tours to your itinerary. Spend the 6th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, and admire the majestic nature at Warrandyte State Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne driving holiday planning tool .

Getting from Hobart to Melbourne by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Torquay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Warrandyte State Park ©
Warrandyte State Park

3
nights
Torquay

Torquay ©
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bells Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Point Lonsdale Lighthouse and Split Point Lighthouse. Step out of Torquay with an excursion to Eastern Beach Reserve in Geelong--about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along The Great Ocean Road.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Torquay vacation maker website .

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Torquay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in August, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Scenic Drive Beaches

Side Trips

Eastern Beach Reserve, Point Lonsdale Lighthouse, Split Point Lighthouse
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Split Point Lighthouse ©
Split Point Lighthouse
Point Lonsdale Lighthouse ©
Point Lonsdale Lighthouse

1
day
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kangaroo Island itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Torquay to Kangaroo Island in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Breweries & Distilleries
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Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park ©
Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park
Kangaroo Island Spirits ©
Kangaroo Island Spirits

1
night
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Adelaide online trip builder .

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. August in Adelaide sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Adelaide

Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Old Gum Tree Reserve
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Haigh's Chocolates Beehive Corner ©
Haigh's Chocolates Beehive Corner
Old Gum Tree Reserve ©
Old Gum Tree Reserve

3
nights
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: look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, take in the exciting artwork at Talapi, explore the striking landscape at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park, and look for gifts at Tjanpi Desert Weavers.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Alice Springs itinerary builder app .

Getting from Adelaide to Alice Springs by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Adelaide in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Alice Springs, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Museums
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre

3
nights
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.
Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and Defence of Darwin Experience are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Darwin with a short trip to Litchfield National Park in Batchelor, about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 18th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Darwin trip website .

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Darwin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alice Springs in August, expect nights in Darwin to be warmer, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 37°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Historic Village Herberton and Michael Seebeck Gallery. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures about 44 minutes away. Spend the 22nd (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral and brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cairns visit planning app .

You can fly from Darwin to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in August, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are little chillier, around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Historic Village Herberton
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Queensland Air Museum and GOMA. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in the views from Victoria Bridge Abutment, let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, and admire all the interesting features of Suncorp Stadium.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in August, expect Brisbane to be little chillier, temps between 25°C and 11°C. On the 27th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Queensland Air Museum
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Highlights from your plan
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

1
night
Coles Bay

Coles Bay ©
Overlooking one of Tasmania's most scenic strips of coastline and serving as the gateway to Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay is home to just 500 permanent residents.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Wineglass Bay Lookout. On the 29th (Wed), learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard, don't miss a visit to Spiky Bridge, learn about winemaking at Spring Vale Wines, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Tourville Lighthouse, and finally stroll through Wineglass Bay Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): do a tasting at Devil's Corner Cellar Door and then look for all kinds of wild species at East Coast Natureworld.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Coles Bay sightseeing tool .

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and taxi from Brisbane to Coles Bay takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trips

East Coast Natureworld, Devil's Corner Cellar Door
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East Coast Natureworld ©
East Coast Natureworld
Devil's Corner Cellar Door ©
Devil's Corner Cellar Door

1
night
Summerlands

Summerlands ©
Head to Summerlands on Philip Island for the chance to see thousands of penguins waddling along the coastline.
Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade has been added to your itinerary. On the 1st (Sat), brush up on your military savvy at National Vietnam Veterans Museum, explore the galleries of Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, and then identify plant and animal life at Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm and then identify plant and animal life at Rhyll Inlet State Wildlife Reserve.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Summerlands road trip planning tool .

Getting from Coles Bay to Summerlands by combination of bus, flight, train, and car takes about 13 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. In September in Summerlands, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Summerlands

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, National Vietnam Veterans Museum, Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm
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Penguin Parade ©
Penguin Parade
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit ©
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
National Vietnam Veterans Museum ©
National Vietnam Veterans Museum

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Princetown

Princetown ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Twelve Apostles Visitor Facility. On the 7th (Fri), get all the information you need at Twelve Apostles Visitor Facility, don't miss a visit to Cape Otway Lightstation, and then see the interesting displays at Allansford Cheese World and Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Port Campbell National Park.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Princetown itinerary planner.

Getting from Port Arthur to Princetown by combination of bus and flight takes about 14 hours. On the 9th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Princetown

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Port Campbell, Cape Otway Lightstation, Allansford Cheese World and Museum
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Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
Cape Otway Lightstation ©
Cape Otway Lightstation

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