40 days in Australia Itinerary

40 days in Australia Itinerary

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40 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 45​min
— 9 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
Moreton Island
— 2 nights
Travel:  4​h 30​min
Gold Coast
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
— 9 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London


Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Explore hidden gems such as Blowhole Beach and Carrickalinga Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Aldinga Beach and Henley Beach. Explore Adelaide's surroundings by going to Maggie Beer's Farm Shop (in Nuriootpa), Tanunda (Rockford Winery, Chateau Tanunda, & more) and National Motor Museum (in Birdwood). The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with North Terrace, learn about winemaking at Penfolds Magill Estate Cellar Door, hike along River Torrens Linear Park Trail, and get engrossed in the history at National Railway Museum Port Adelaide.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Adelaide trip planning website .

London, UK to Adelaide is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Adelaide due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in February, things will get warmer in Adelaide: highs are around 32°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Tanunda, Henley Beach, Marananga, Aldinga Beach, Seppeltsfield
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Blowhole Beach ©
Blowhole Beach
Chateau Tanunda ©
Chateau Tanunda
Rockford Winery ©
Rockford Winery


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 12th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail, learn about winemaking at Coombe Yarra Valley, and then make a trip to Melbourne Town Hall. On your second day here, stroll through Elwood Beach.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne road trip site .

Fly from Adelaide to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Adelaide in February, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Moreton Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail, Coombe Yarra Valley, Elwood Beach
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Melbourne Town Hall ©
Melbourne Town Hall
Elwood Beach ©
Elwood Beach
Coombe Yarra Valley ©
Coombe Yarra Valley

Moreton Island

Moreton Island ©
Off Queensland's southeastern coast, Moreton Island offers steep dunes and beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): get outside with Tangalooma Island Resort Dolphin Feeding and then make a trip to Tangalooma Wrecks. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Moreton Lighthouse.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Moreton Island trip site .

Explore your travel options from Melbourne to Moreton Island with the Route module. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Moreton Island when traveling from Melbourne in February, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Moreton Island

Outdoors Historic Sites
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Cape Moreton Lighthouse ©
Cape Moreton Lighthouse
Tangalooma Wrecks ©
Tangalooma Wrecks

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.
Shop till you drop at Robina Town Shopping Centre and Marina Mirage. Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Byron Bay (Kayaking & Canoeing, Spas & Wellness, & more), Fingal Head Lighthouse (in Fingal Head) and New Govardhana Australia (in Eungella). Spend the 16th (Sat) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. Spend the 23rd (Sat) exploring nature at Springbrook National Park. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, look for gifts at Miami Marketta, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, and stroll through Greenmount Beach.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Moreton Island to Gold Coast takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Fingal Head Lighthouse, New Govardhana Australia, You and Bamboo, Lennox Head Beach
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Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park


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.
Queensland Art Gallery and Queensland Maritime Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Queensland Air Museum and Wolston Farmhouse. Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Caboolture Historical Village (in Caboolture), Maleny (Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve & Maleny Cheese) and Opals Down Under (in Glenview). Spend the 27th (Wed) on a tasty journey with a beer tour and tasting. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Bulcock Beach, take a stroll through West End, appreciate the history behind Bee Gees Way, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel).

For reviews and tourist information, read Brisbane trip website .

Getting from Gold Coast to Brisbane by car takes about 1.5 hours. February in Brisbane sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Caloundra, Maleny, Bee Gees Way, Caboolture Historical Village, Chenrezig Institute
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Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach
Kondalilla Falls ©
Kondalilla Falls


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.
Step out of the city life by going to Wentworth Falls and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame and Hyde Park Barracks Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Mittagong (Mount Gibraltar Reserve & Southern Highlands Welcome Centre), Terrigal Beach (in Terrigal) and The Nook (in Leura). Dedicate the 8th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nan Tien Temple, stop by The Bay Tree Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Camp Cove, and stroll through Manly Scenic Walkway.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney travel route site .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. March in Sydney sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Mittagong, Bowral, Manly, Berrima, Katoomba
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Nan Tien Temple ©
Nan Tien Temple
Terrigal Beach ©
Terrigal Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
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