42 days in Australia Itinerary

42 days in Australia Itinerary

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42 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  20​h
1
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  8​h
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 30​min
4
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h
5
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
Gold Coast
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Newcastle
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Katoomba
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  6​h
10
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
11
Perth
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: London


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2
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.
Get in touch with nature at City Beach and Mullaloo Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Sorrento Beach and The watchers. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Perth: Waterskiing & Jetskiing (in Mandurah) and Fremantle Prison (in Fremantle).

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London, UK to Perth is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from London to Perth. Traveling from London in December, you will find days in Perth are much hotter (35°C), and nights are a bit warmer (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Perth

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Fremantle Prison, Waterskiing & Jetskiing, The watchers, Mullaloo Beach, Sorrento Beach
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:
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City Beach ©
City Beach
Mullaloo Beach ©
Mullaloo Beach
Sorrento Beach ©
Sorrento Beach

2
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. Next up on the itinerary: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas journey builder .

Getting from Perth to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Perth to Port Douglas, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Perth in December since evenings lows in Port Douglas dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Crystal Cascades. Get in touch with nature at Palm Cove Beach and Millaa Millaa Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Babinda Boulders (in Babinda) and Mamu Tropical Skywalk (in Innisfail). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Freshwater Station.

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Take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. December in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. You'll set off for Fraser Island on the 20th (Fri).

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Millaa Millaa Falls, Babinda Boulders, Crystal Cascades, Palm Cove Beach, Mamu Tropical Skywalk
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River Rafting & Tubing
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Babinda Boulders ©
Babinda Boulders

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 21st (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island trip builder .

Getting from Cairns to Fraser Island by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Traveling from Cairns in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 23°C in Fraser Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

1
night
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.
On the 23rd (Mon), stroll through Moffat Beach, then wander the streets of West End, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nepalese Pagoda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with Queen Street Mall and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dicky Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Brisbane in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Caloundra
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West End ©
West End
Queen Street Mall ©
Queen Street Mall
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach

6
nights
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Greenmount Beach and Belongil Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lennox Head Beach and Kirra Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: Byron Bay (Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Spas, & more). Spend the 25th (Wed) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Burleigh Head National Park, putt your heart out at Putt Putt Mermaid Beach, enjoy the sea views from Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Gold Coast, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Lennox Head Beach
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 30:
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Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

5
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.
Get outdoors at Terrigal Beach and Bondi Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Balmoral Beach, Mosman and Manly Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Avoca Beach (in Terrigal), Palm Beach (in Palm Beach) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). There's still lots to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

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Getting from Gold Coast to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Terrigal, Palm Beach, Shelly Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach

4
nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Take a break from the city and head to Cellito Beach and Catherine Hill Bay Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Caves Beach and Newcastle Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Newcastle: Port Stephens Shell Museum (in Corlette), Fingal Bay Beach (in Fingal Bay) and Seal Rocks Lighthouse (in Seal Rocks). The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of One Mile Beach and learn about winemaking at Gundog Estate.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Newcastle online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Newcastle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Newcastle can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pokolbin, Catherine Hill Bay Beach, Seal Rocks Lighthouse, Fingal Bay Beach, Port Stephens Shell Museum
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Cellito Beach ©
Cellito Beach
Caves Beach ©
Caves Beach
Fingal Bay Beach ©
Fingal Bay Beach

3
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Take a break from the city and head to Wentworth Falls and Blue Mountains. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum and The National Pass. Get out of town with these interesting Katoomba side-trips: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), Mayfield Garden (in Oberon) and Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves). The adventure continues: stroll through Prince Henry Cliff Walk, get great views at The Three Sisters, and take in the dramatic scenery at Katoomba Falls.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Katoomba route website .

Drive from Newcastle to Katoomba in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

The National Pass, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Jenolan Caves, Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, Mayfield Garden
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves

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.
Visiting Bells Beach and Balloon Rides will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to St Paul's Cathedral and Royal Exhibition Building. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Aireys Inlet (Great Escape Books & Split Point Lighthouse). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck.

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You can do a combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Melbourne in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Katoomba in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Melbourne. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Aireys Inlet, Bells Beach
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:
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Bells Beach ©
Bells Beach
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral
Split Point Lighthouse ©
Split Point Lighthouse

4
nights
Perth

Perth ©
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Rockingham Beach and Warnbro Beach. Take a break from the city and head to South Beach Recreation Reserve and Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park. Enjoy Perth some more: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. George's Cathedral, go for a walk through Lotterywest Federation Walkway, take some stellar pictures from Fraser Avenue Lookout, and explore the activities along Swan River.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Perth holiday planning site .

You can fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in January, you will find days in Perth are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Warnbro Beach, South Beach Recreation Reserve, Mettam's Pool, Rockingham Beach
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 19:
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Rockingham Beach ©
Rockingham Beach
South Beach Recreation Reserve ©
South Beach Recreation Reserve
Warnbro Beach ©
Warnbro Beach

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